June 30, 2020
The AFKA Caregiver Connections Groups have now wrapped up, but you can still request one on one support from the AFKA by submitting a form here:
May 20, 2020
In moving forward with planning for the future requirements of continued family connection for kids in care, as well as continued visits with Children’s Services staff, the AFKA was asked to share what that might look like. Thank you to all of you who shared your input of what this might look like for you and your family, through our online survey and through our focus groups.
CS & AHS Updates
You can keep up to date on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by accessing up to date information on the Alberta Health Services (AHS) website at: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx
Visit the following post for information/resources on Mental Health, Wellness and Addictions from Alberta Health Services: https://www.afkaonline.ca/ahs-mental-health-services-and-resources/
We have made an effort to keep only the latest documents on here to prevent any confusion in the event someone were to download an earlier version. We encourage you to view online, rather than print, as this is a fluid situation and there are ongoing updates and changes.
June 19, 2020
Child Intervention Practice Guidance
The above document is the most up to date CI Staff Practice Guidance. Highlighted updates include the Supports to Caregivers chapter such as First AId and Environmental Safety Assesment for Caregivers. This version also includes the Relaunch Practice Guidance which was previously a standalone document.
June 16, 2020
Please see below documents providing “guidance developed to help caregivers and those supporting caregivers with deciding which PPE is best and information about family visits including, screening questions and preventing the spread of COVID-19.”
May 29, 2020
A letter from Children’s Services Assistant Deputy Minister, Jon Reeves, providing information, updates and changes for caregivers, surrounding Covid and Alberta’s Relaunch:
A great infographic offering guidance to foster and kinship caregivers on the use of PPE:
Additional Covid Related Resources
Alberta Health Services
Alberta Health Services has a lot of great resources available on their website to access help during tough times. From Covid-19 and your mental health, to talking with children about Covid-19, there is a lot of great reading and learning:
Center on the Developing Child – Harvard University
“The coronavirus outbreak has changed many things about our daily lives. But even during this uncertain time, it’s a sure thing that our children are still learning, growing, and developing. Everyone can help support a child’s healthy development (and it may even help relieve your stress!). Just a few minutes and some simple, free activities can make a difference.”
How to Support Children (and Yourself) During the COVID-19 Outbreak – .pdf download
Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada
Grants available to former youth in care through the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada to help provide support in navigating the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit their site for eligibility and information.
The @CAFDN Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada has been working on an ongoing open-source Youth Covid-19 resource list. See what they’ve compiled and if you have any resources to share, their contact info for submissions is in their document.
Neurosequential Network – COVID-19 Stress, Distress & Trauma Series
Visit link for this series and more from trauma expert, Dr. Bruce Perry:
Sesame Street – Caring for Each Other
In response to recent events of Covid-19 and its impact on children and families, Sesame Street has started a “Caring for Each Other” initiative offering a number of free resources great for parents, caregivers, teachers, children and more.
“…Our resources aren’t prescriptions you have to follow—just ideas to help your family find ways to breathe, laugh, and play together….”