The support of your membership helps us to advocate, negotiate on behalf of and provide a voice for Alberta’s foster and kinship caregivers! It also helps us to provide the supports and services we do such as:
Provincial Mentorship Program – This program offers foster and *kinship caregivers with peer to peer support. Contact the AFKA office if you would like to be set up with a mentor or would like to become a mentor.
Legal Assistance: The Legal Assistance Program was initiated in 2003 and developed to provide financial assistance for foster parents and their adult children when charged with a criminal offence (abuse) under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act against a foster child they have cared for or are caring for.
Bursary Fund: The bursary fund is designed to assist foster, former foster, adopted, or a biological child of a foster or *kinship caregiver or a child currently placed with or formerly placed with a *kinship caregiver to continue education in either a college, university, vocational institution, or for other special educational pursuits. All applications must be postmarked no later than June 1st.
Rider Insurance Program: Any damage over $10,000.00 per occurrence that was caused with intent by a foster/kinship child and for which the foster/*kinship caregivers have insurance under their own homeowners or tenant’s insurance policy, but their insurer is refusing to pay for the damage. There is a $10,000.00 deductible.
C.A.S.T.: Caregiver Allegations Support Team: help for foster and *kinship caregivers and their families to cope with the turmoil and confusion that results when an allegation of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse is made.
24/7 Support: The AFKA is available for support 24/7 by calling 1-800-667-2372
Referrals for prospective caregivers: The AFKA answers questions and provides information to those interested on becoming foster or *kinship caregivers and forwards their information on to the appropriate department office.
Conflict Resolution: the AFKA provides support to foster and *kinship caregivers who request assistance with conflict resolution to help resolve matters as respectfully, fairly and efficiently as possible.
We have more supports and services available as well. be sure to check out all of our supports and services under the Programs menu item in our header menu.
*For the purposes of accessing AFKA Programs, a *Kinship Caregiver refers to a kinship caregiver who is an approved placement provider. *