Frequently Asked Questions - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Frequently Asked Questions

Show Answer What can I do to help?

The greatest help you can provide is to offer a safe, nurturing, healthy and stable home for an Aboriginal child in need of care. By becoming an Aboriginal caregiver, you’ll give a child the opportunity to learn and grow in a way that supports their cultural identity and personal development.

Show Answer What are Aboriginal caregivers?

They are mentors, role models and support systems – everything a child needs to grow up to become a healthy and successful adult. Aboriginal caregivers can provide kinship care, foster care, private guardianship or adoption.

Show Answer Why aren’t there enough Aboriginal caregivers?

Many Aboriginal people don’t realize that so many Aboriginal children are in care. Others are unsure what sort of help is needed or how to become a caregiver. Some haven’t thought before about becoming caregivers and need basic information. Others assume that they don’t qualify and count themselves out before finding out. Some are basing their decisions on wrong information. In reality, the need for Aboriginal caregivers is great and more people like you are needed to provide homes for many Aboriginal children in care.

Show Answer How do I become a caregiver?

There are several steps you will need to take. These include: completing the application forms, getting training and undergoing a criminal screening and home assessment. If you are interested in becoming a caregiver, talk to your local Child and Family Services Authority or Delegated First Nation Agency for more information. Don’t disqualify yourself. Your support worker is available to help you through the process.

Show Answer What kind of support do caregivers receive?

Financial support is available. For example, kinship care compensation starts at $600 per month. Other assistance and support may also be available. For example, if you need an additional bed, some assistance is available. There is additional support for children with special needs.

Show Answer Is it true that each child must have a separate room?

No. There is no requirement for each child to have a separate bedroom. Most important is that you can provide a safe and suitable home for children.

Show Answer What’s a criminal screening?

To be approved as a caregiver, you will need to get a criminal record check. If someone in your home has a criminal record you will not necessarily be disqualified. A number of factors will be looked at – such as the nature of the charge, the person’s age at the time of the charge, and so on. This is discussed during the application process.

Show Answer How long does it take to become a caregiver?

In urgent situations, kinship care can be arranged very quickly. Applications for foster care, private guardianship and adoption will take several months to complete.

Modified: 2012-11-16
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