The Foster Care Handbook: A Guide for Caregivers.
Alberta. Community and Social Services.
Published: 17 January 2017
Alberta Ministry of Children's Services
204 Legislature Building 10800 - 97 Avenue Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6
Tel: 1-780 644-5255
Fax: 1 780 644-6817
Intended for caregivers in Alberta, Canada, this guide answers commonly asked questions about foster care, explains the role of foster parents, and provides information about how caseworkers make decisions and how children end up in care. Following an introduction, information is provided on: the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act and the role of the foster parent; the Children First Act and the role of the foster parent; the Child Intervention Practice Framework; foundations of caregiver support; agreements and court ordered status, including enhancement services and protection services; other orders or agreements relating to guardianships and adoption; the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate and youth able to receive services; the Alberta Foster Parent Association; matching a child to a foster family; what to expect when a child is placed in your home; contact with the natural family; disclosure of abuse; compassion fatigue; children from other cultures; Delegated First Nations Agencies; the roles of child and family services workers; reasons for disruptions and preventing placement breakdown; respite care; foster parent responsibilities; licensing; confidentiality; documentation and recordkeeping; assessing allegations of abuse in a foster home; the Foster Allegation Support Team (FAST); foster parent training; child behavior management; suicide and self-harm; and guiding principles of discipline. Links are listed for additional resources.
FOSTER ADOPT TRAINING; ADOPTION PREPARATION; ADOPTION GUIDES; ADOPTIVE FAMILIES; FOSTER ADOPTION; FOSTER CHILDREN; FOSTER CARE; ADOPTION PROCESS; PERMANENCY PLANNING; FAMILY REUNIFICATION; INDIGENOUS POPULATIONS; ALBERTA; CANADA