Family Enhancement - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Family Enhancement

The Family Enhancement Program (FEP) encourages parents and families in choosing to work directly with FEP workers and community programs to address the issues that brought the family to the attention of Human Services.

  • More than 2,300 children and youth received FEP services in March 2017.

This program is the least intrusive level of support and provides an option for lower-risk families to prevent the need for protective services. Children remain in their parent’s care, and program staff work closely with their family, supervise their environment and monitor progress in the home.

Extended family is an important support throughout these cases to help keep children with their family while the parents learn parenting or coping skills, financial management or family living skills. Another goal is to connect the family to community programs for longer term and ongoing help as needed.

  • In 2016/17, there were more than 3,700 Family Preservations

Youth 16 years of age or older who are living independently from their family can also be supported under Enhancement Agreements to ensure their safety, well-being and development to adulthood. Services include health care and financial support, and assisting the youth to build their skills in areas such as money and time management; accessing health, education and employment support; and handling their day-to-day household responsibilities.

Created: 2013-08-29
Modified: 2017-11-10
PID: 17181