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Increase to Supports for Foster Parents and Kinship Caregivers

Child and Family Services Division has announced increased supports for foster parents and kinship caregivers.

Effective January 1, 2016, Camp Fees and Vacation Allowance for children in foster and kinship care increases to $500 a year.

In addition, the automatic relief and respite available to foster parents and kinship caregivers has been increased from one day a month to two days a month. Effective January 1, 2016, all foster parents and kinship caregivers will be reimbursed for two days a month of relief or respite for each child placed in their home at $50 a day with the ability to bank up to six days of relief/respite to be used at one time. This automatic relief/respite will be available to all caregivers not receiving relief or respite supports through a Foster Care or Kinship Care Support Plan.

Transitioning from Care – A Guide for Caregivers

Transitioning from Care – A Guide for Caregivers .PDF Download

This booklet was created by Jeff Solberg as part of a collaborative project by: Align Association of Community Services, formerly Alberta Association of Services for Children and Families  & Alberta Foster Parent Association.

This booklet will provide the tools, resources, and information needed for caregivers to help youth access the programs, make the connections, and understand what resources are available. Starting on time and using the tools and information in this guide will help you:

  • Increase your youth’s chances for success
  • Take some of the fear out of turning 18
  • Understand the youth`s rights and options according to Child & Family Services Policy
  • Identify what resources are available and how to access them
  • Understand important time frames so opportunities are not missed
  •  Use the tools provided to better prepare youth for adulthood
  • Understand the road ahead, so as to better prepare for it

The Pathway to Better Mental Health

The Pathway to Better Mental Health – Making Every Step Count for Children in Care (.PDF download)

This booklet was created by Jeff Solberg as part of a collaborative project for ALIGN Association of Community Services and Alberta Foster Parent Association from grant funding provided by the Alberta Government.

How This Guide Can Help You:

1. Avoid Treatment Delays

The Child & Family Services managers who bear the responsibility of approving mental health treatments for children in care need specific information before they can approve a treatment plan. However, a recent survey of management throughout Alberta has revealed that getting the required information after a mental health consultation has taken place can be very difficult and time consuming. Case workers and managers often find themselves scrambling after an initial mental health consultation to fill in the missing pieces. This creates delays that add weeks and often months to the approval process, valuable time lost that is better spent on treatment and healing. This resource will help you identify and record the information that is needed for a quick approval.

2. Be Prepared for Initial Appointment

This resource will help you become organized and prepared for the initial mental health consultation, saving both time and grief for everyone involved. By organizing and preparing the information ahead of time, you are providing the doctor with information that is critical to identifying the underlying issues and providing the most appropriate treatment.

3. Provide Information and Support That Foster & Kinship Parents Need

The author of this booklet recently surveyed foster and kinship parents and the results indicated that the caregivers of children experiencing mental health issues WANT and NEED the type of information, support, and tools provided herein as they guide children in their care down the path of healing.

4. Understand and Manage the Impact in Your Own Life

When an individual in a household experiences mental health issues, it can be said that everyone in the home is impacted; this booklet provides information, encouragement, and ideas regarding self-care, based on the idea that people who care for others need to first take care of themselves.

5. Useful Tools for Caregivers

This resource includes tools to help you prepare for an initial mental health consultation. It will outline the information you will need to gather from the initial consultation in order to get quick approval for treatment. It also includes forms to track changes and monitor side effects once treatment has started.

6. Links to Information and Resources

Check out the links to a range of resources and information which may benefit you as you make plans to work towards better mental health for the child in your care.

 

Foster/Kinship Care Handbooks available Online!

The new Foster Care and Kinship Care Handbooks are available online through Alberta Human Services. These comprehensive handbooks provide a wealth of information on topics such as: behavior management, bathtub and water safety, sleep safety, health and medical responsibilities, available services and much much more! Be sure to check out the handbooks, they are a great resource!

Foster Care Handbook
Kinship Care Handbook