Welcome, aboard!

Welcome to AFKA Team Caregiver Advocates

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest team members Stacy van Cingel and Bo Antal, as they begin their roles at the Alberta Foster and Kinship Association as Caregiver Advocates! They will help launch these inaugural roles at the AFKA, as we continue to fortify our supports for Foster and Kinship caregivers. As Caregiver Advocates, they will be there for our caregivers to lend an ear when needed, guide as required and strengthen relationships. For our AFKA team, it is of highest importance that we continue to develop and grow ourselves, our relationships with the community and caregivers, and our association.

Stacy van Cingel 

Foster Caregiver Advocate

My family and I have been fostering for 15 years. Our first bonus kids are all grown up now, bio siblings to our 2 current kiddos. So, they still come home for food, and we hope that never changes.

For the last 32 years my career has been underwriting in the Insurance Industry. Policies were my thing. The brilliance about underwriting, is that you can sometimes mold the policy to fit the situation. Shortly after we started our fostering journey, I was drawn to volunteering. My time on the Council, on various committees, and wherever I could meet ‘like-minded’ people is where I felt most at home. Navigating a system that isn’t always inclusive and kind to caregivers, is a monumental task. Our intention is to accompany you while you navigate, offer support, resources, and a friendly ear. Maybe there’s an opportunity for positive change. Let’s turn problems into possibilities.

I look forward to working with all of you!


 

Bo Antal

Kinship Caregiver Advocate

Bo Antal joined AFKA in Summer of 2022 as the Kinship Caregiver Advocate. As an advocate, Bo helps open lines of communication between Caregivers, Alberta Children’s Services, and the community to promote safety and well-being.

With over 10 years experience working in the social service field, Bo has provided support to some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Bo utilizes a Trauma- Informed Practice, grounded in empathy, understanding, acceptance and respect. Bo encourages a collaborative approach to resolution support and works to empower families to self-advocate by helping placement navigate a complex and often confusing system.

Bo holds a BA from the University of British Columbia and plans on completing a Master’s on Social Work in the future.

When Bo isn’t working, she’s likely chasing her escape-artist puppy, painting, or bouldering. In addition to English, Bo is fluent in Hungarian and working on developing her Spanish language skills.

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