Help for children and families
Alberta has a system of supports for families that are focused on the well-being of children, supporting families to be healthy, and ensuring children grow up in safe and nurturing homes.
A range of programs and services are available from community agencies and child intervention workers to help parents who are keen on building their strengths and keeping their families well, and support children who cannot remain safe in their homes, including:
- Early Intervention Services
- Family Enhancement
- Support and Financial Assistance Agreements are available to young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who were involved with Child Intervention Services to help support them in fully reaching their independence.
Child Protective Services are needed when a family will not voluntarily enter into an Enhancement Agreement, when an increased level of supervision in the home is necessary to keep the children safe, or when a child or youth needs to be placed outside of the home to ensure their safety and well-being.
One of the most effective ways of improving outcomes for children, youth and families is ensuring that child intervention workers have ongoing training and support from their supervisors to make appropriate decisions about services for children and families.
Community agencies that work with child intervention workers to support children and families, particularly placements for children in care, must be accredited by one of the following approved accrediting bodies:
- Canadian Accreditation Council (CAC)
- Council on Accreditation (COA)
- Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)