Frequently Asked Questions - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Frequently Asked Questions

Show Answer What is the role of a kinship care provider?

As a kinship caregiver, you have undertaken a task of great importance. Your role with the child/ren in your home is to meet the everyday responsibilities of a parent such as providing food and lodging; attending medical appointments and following through with treatment and medication recommendations; school involvement; and other parental responsibilities.

Kinship caregivers will be asked to participate in planning meetings regarding the on-going care for the children you are caring for. Kinship caregivers are encouraged to support appropriate contact between the natural family and the child and keep them informed of the child’s activities. You can support the child by remaining non-judgemental, so the child will not feel like he or she has to choose between families.

Show Answer What is considered to be a safe and stable environment for a child?

A safe and stable environment includes:

  • Ensuring children are protected from any form of violence in the home.
  • Ensuring the children have adequate clothing suited for the season.
  • Encouraging and assisting children in participating in recreational activities (e.g. soccer, swimming, gymnastics, clubs, etc.)
  • Ensuring alcohol and cleaning products are kept out of children’s reach. A locked box is required for medications.
  • Ensuring firearms have trigger locks and are stored separately from ammunition.
  • Ensuring children under 12 years of age are not left unsupervised. For children over 12 years of age, the children’s capacity to be left alone should be taken into account when making this decision.
  • Ensuring any individual providing ongoing regular care of the children completes a criminal record check and child intervention check.
  • Ensuring the caseworker is notified of any significant or serious occurrence in the child’s life (e.g. injury requiring medical attention, difficulties at school, etc).

Show Answer How is a kinship care home different from a foster home?

  • Kinship caregivers are family members or those with a significant relationship to the child.
  • Kinship homes provide care for a specific child and do not accept other children as foster children.
  • Kinship caregivers can attend formal foster care training. However, should the child’s care and safety require it, the kinship caregivers will be supported to attend specific training or workshops that will help them to provide care to the child in their home.
  • Kinship care homes are not licensed.
  • Kinship homes may require more financial support with start-up costs to prepare the home for the child.

Show Answer What happens if caring for the child is too overwhelming for the kinship caregiver?

A case worker is assigned to a kinship caregiver and will offer guidance and support to ensure the needs of the child and caregivers are met. These supports could include respite care or recreational and social activities in the community.

Modified: 2012-11-20
PID: 15441