Regional and Local Associations

Local associations are made up of foster and kinship caregivers and in some areas a social worker liaison. Each local association has elected officers, holds regular meetings, and sends a representative to Regional Council meetings – Caregivers are also encouraged to attend Regional Council meetings.

The work of local associations is vital to the success of the provincial association. The role the AFKA has in helping to strengthen the supports and services for all foster and kinship caregivers, relies hugely on input from foster and kinship caregivers across Alberta. Local issues and concerns are brought forward to the Regional Council, items unresolved at that level, to the AFKA. By strengthening the local associations, we, the AFKA, can help give a stronger voice to foster, kinship caregivers, and the children in their care.

A local association carries out an important self-help function for caregivers. Even if caregivers live in rural areas, it may be possible to have a small association to share and exchange news, provide peer support, ideas, and access to training.

For information on how you can become involved and have your voice heard, contact your local association president for information on upcoming meetings. Contact information can be found below.

If there is no active association your community or area, and you are interested in starting one, please contact us for more information!

Andrew Kippers
President, Sun Country FPA
403-795-8241

Cindy Margetts
President, Medicine Hat FPA
403-580-3494

Joanna Busse
President, Calgary FPA
president@calgaryfosterparentsassociation.com
(403) 982-5521

Theresa Houk
President, Clearwater FPA
theresa_benum@hotmail.com
403-895-2343

Laverna Caal
President, Drayton Valley FPA
vernadueck79@yahoo.com
780-542-1642

Bernie French
President, Wetaskiwin Foster Parent Association
403-783-4726

Eric A. Mcarthur
President, Mountainview FPA
403-442-3010

Amanda Scott
President, Red Deer FPA
403-783-3252


Samara Stonehocker

President, Central Regional Council
jeffsamfam@gmail.com
780-843-3449

Joanne Crowley
President, Capital Regional Caregiver Council
(780) 939-2576

Stephanie French
President, North Central Regional Council
s-l-larsen@hotmail.com

Brian Golding
President, Edson FPA
780-723-2855

Patricia Mensink
President, Barrhead FPA
trishmensink@hotmail.com
780-967-3399

Andrea Kolodychuk
Acting President, Northwest Regional Council
phil.andreak@gmail.com
780 835-1441

Terri Forseille
President, High Prarie FPA
780-523-4645