What is C.A.S.T.?

The Alberta Foster and Kinship Association formed the Foster Allegations Support Team (F.A.S.T.) in 1990 to help foster parents and their families cope with the turmoil and confusion that results when an allegation of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse is made.

In light of recent changes to our program, what was previously known as F.A.S.T., has become C.A.S.T.; this program is now available to all foster and kinship caregivers of Alberta.

C.A.S.T. members are foster and kinship caregivers who have special training and knowledge about the process involved when an allegation is made.

C.A.S.T. members support foster and kinship caregivers and their families and ensure that no one who requests their assistance goes through this process alone.

Who are C.A.S.T. Reps?

C.A.S.T. Representatives are approved volunteer AFKA foster and kinship caregivers who report to the chairperson of the C.A.S.T. When team members are not directly involved with an allegation against a foster or kinship family, they advocate for foster and kinship caregivers and promote measures that will prevent allegations from arising.

C.A.S.T. representatives are familiar with foster and kinship care policies, all kinds of investigations and the procedures that investigators will follow. They are committed to helping you work with investigators; they will provide support, clarify issues and ensure that you are provided with the information pertaining to your assesment and its results, in a reasonable length of time.

C.A.S.T. representatives sign an oath of confidentiality and will keep anything you tell them about your situation private. Your case will not be discussed with your district/local association of the AFKA. Team members will not ask you to disclose guilt or innocence as they can be subpoenaed to testify in court.