Update from Alberta Children’s Services for Alberta’s Foster, Kinship and Permanency (PPA) Caregivers and Families during Covid-19 Outbreak

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You can keep up to date on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by accessing up to date information on the Alberta Health Services website at: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx

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April 6, 2020

Caregiver Practice Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This document is intended to provide guidance to caseworkers, foster and kinship care support workers about how best to support caregivers to be able to continue to provide a home and care to children and youth in care during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This document will be regularly updated with and new practice guidance identified.

March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Practice Guidance for Service Providers in Supported Independent Living, Group and Residential Care in Alberta

“…This document is a Covid-19 Practice Guideline intended to inform service providers for children and youth in the care and custody of Alberta Children’s Services. The information in this guideline (developed by Alberta Health Services March 2020) was initially intended for emergency homeless shelters; but is also applicable to other types of facilities as well as agencies providing services to marginalized and vulnerable populations. This document, which has been adapted by ALIGN to meet the needs of Children’s Services at this time, consolidates and outlines general recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in these settings…”

March 31, 2020

Information for Service Providers and Caregivers

See link below to access some great information provided by the government of Alberta. This document is based on CS staff guidelines but has been adapted for service providers. It offers some great information for Alberta’s caregivers and likely provides answers to many questions you may have. This document will continue to be updated and will note the date and time of updates and will be marked with “new” when information has been added.

There are some great quick links covering topics such as:

  • Court Matters
  • Home Visits
  • Court Ordered Access
  • Family/Sibling Visits
  • Ongoing Connections with Children
  • First Nation and Band Consults
  • Supports to Caregivers
  • Travel
  • Expiring Residential Facility Licenses
  • Intervention Record Checks (IRCs)
  • Criminal Record Checks
  • Group-Congregate Care

March 18, 2020

See below attached documents with messages from Alberta Children’s Services outlining support and guidelines for Alberta’s foster, kinship and Permanency (PPA) caregivers and families during the Covid-19 outbreak.