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Survey from Office of the Child and Youth Advocate

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate is preparing a Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ young people. They want to hear from children and youth about their experiences with Child Intervention (Child Welfare) and/or youth justice systems.

The online survey is now open. If you are working with youth who identify as being LGBTQ2S+, please share this with them and ask them if they would be willing to complete the survey:

http://www.ocya.alberta.ca/…/ocya-special-report-lgbtq2s-c…/

As well, if you are a service provider/caregiver/community member working with LGBTQ2S+ children and youth, they want to hear from you about what is important and helpful in serving LGBTQ2s+ children and youth.

Click here to complete the online survey: http://www.ocya.alberta.ca/…/ocya-special-report-lgbtq-you…/

For more information call Mari at 1-800-661-3446 or visit:
http://www.ocya.alberta.ca/ and click on the Pride flag.

The Alberta Child Welfare Class Action – Reminder Notice of Deadline to Make a Claim – January 15, 2017

ATTENTION Class Members: All persons who suffered injuries before or during a time when they were subject to a permanent wardship order, permanent wardship agreement, or permanent guardianship order by Alberta Child Welfare between July 1, 1966 and February 19, 2008, or a temporary guardianship order by Alberta Child Welfare between July 1, 1985 and February 19, 2008.

Download the official Notice of Deadline to Make A Claim

 

Foster Care Rate Schedule 2016 – 2017

Are you interested in fostering but wondering how it may impact you financially? Here is some information on financial support available to foster parents as described on the Alberta Human Services website. Visit their website at: http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/foster-kinship-care/15436.html for more information.

Foster Care Rate Schedule (July 1, 2016)

Foster parents receive financial compensation to help them care for their foster children, including:

  • Basic maintenance allowance – helps cover the day-to-day costs of raising a child, such as food, clothing, shelter, personal care items, general household costs and a spending allowance. This rate is based on the age of the child.
  • Skill fee – compensates foster parents for their level of training and expertise in caring for a child. This rate is based on the classification of the foster home (Level 1 or 2).
  • Reimbursements for the costs of equipment needed for an infant, such as cribs or car seats that are required to accept an infant placement.
  • Monthly reimbursements to help compensate for the costs of formula, diapers and baby supplies.
  • Medical coverage – covers each foster child
  • Any other child-related costs that a foster parent may have to pay and receive reimbursement for.

 

New AFPA Member Partners

 

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We are so excited to announce that we have THREE new member partners!!

ALLSTARS INDOOR PLAYLAND

Address: 9510 – 12 Ave SW
Edmonton, AB T6X 0J5
Phone: (780) 757-0055
Website: http://allstarsplayland.com/

Current AFPA members are eligible to receive 15% off regular admission, please show your card upon check in to front desk staff!!

“Allstars Indoor Playland is Edmonton’s largest indoor playground, offering a unique venue for child development, both physical and social. A safe place for parents and children with the focus on adventure and fun. Watch your children climb, slide, jump and most importantly, smile.”

CAPITAL GMC – BUICK

Address: 9751-34th Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6E 5X9
Phone: 780-435-4000
Fax: 780-435-7662
Website: http://www.capitalgmcbuick.ca/

Current AFPA Members are entitled to: $10 off a Certified Service Express Oil change and or Employee pricing on any New or Preowned vehicle in stock!!!
Please show current AFPA membership card to obtain benefit(s)

 

Do you have a company interested in becoming an AFPA Member Partner?? Please contact us today!
Monday – Friday 8:15 AM – 4:30 PM
Toll-Free 1-800-667-2372 or by E-MAIL

 

SAWRIDGE HOTELS

The Alberta Foster Parent Association has Corporate Negotiated Rates at ALL Sawridge Properties!!
The information on how to obtain this benefit will be provided to you in your AFPA Membership package!!
To book at any of the Sawridge properties you may call toll free 1 888 729 7343 and follow the prompts to be connected to the hotel of your choice.

ChangeIt – Donate to the AFPA making everyday purchases

We’re happy to announce that the Alberta Foster Parent Assocation is now a partner of ChangeIt®; a new way to donate while making everyday purchases using your existing BMO® and RBC® Credit Cards or select Credit Union Debit Cards*. ChangeIt lets you automatically round up your purchases and donate the difference to us!

With ChangeIt you can track your donations online, control your rounding preferences and even set a monthly maximum. At the start of each month, a donation notification will be delivered straight to your inbox from ChangeIt to let you know how much you donated in the previous cycle. You’ll also receive an annual Official Donation Receipt for Income Tax Purposes from us for every penny you donate.

It’s the easiest way to give, and getting started is simple.

  • Sign up your BMO® and RBC® Credit Cards or select Credit Union Debit Cards* at www.changeit.com/registration
  • Select Alberta Foster Parent Association and set your rounding limits
  • Use your BMO® and RBC® Credit Cards or select Credit Union Debit Cards* and start making a difference

AIR MILES

AIR MILES now enables their Collectors to support your Charity through their Charity Platform (powered by ChangeIt). Visit airmiles.ca/donate to sign up!

BMO Rewards

As of December 4th, BMO®‡ World Elite™* MasterCard®* customers are able to use their BMO Rewards Points to support the Alberta Foster Parent Association, through the ChangeIt program. Visit bmorewards.com to sign up!

®All product and company names are trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of their respective holders.

*A select group of Credit Union Debit Cards are also available for enrolment. To see the list please go to http://changeit.com/partners.

 

 

NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS

We are now accepting nominations for Foster Family, Kinship Family & Child Intervention Services Worker of the Year!!!

Foster Family of the Year Nomination Forms

Kinship Family of the Year Nomination Forms

Child Intervention Services Worker Nomination Forms

The Alberta Foster Parent Association recognizes the significant contributions foster parents, kinship parents and Child Intervention Services Workers provide to children and their families.  Annually, at the Conference and Awards Banquet, we honour some of these people through the Foster Family, Kinship Family and Child Intervention Services Worker of the Year awards.

The purpose of the nomination forms and score sheets are to assist Regional Councils/Selections committees in the selection of one foster family, kinship family and Child Intervention Services Worker of the year from their respective regions.

Nominations will be accepted from any interested person provided the nominee meets the criteria as outlined on the forms.  Unsuccessful candidates from previous years may be re-nominated.

Following their selection, the nominee’s form shall be forwarded to Regional Council for final selections.

Regional Council should form a selections committee of three to four persons from among its membership, including both workers and foster parents.  Workers or parents who have been nominated would be ineligible for this committee.  Where councils are non-existent, the Alberta Foster Parent Association Regional Director will appoint a selection committee following the same criteria listed above.

The Regional council or Selection Committee will provide the AFPA Board Member of the respective Region with all nomination forms including both successful and unsuccessful candidates.  The Director will then interview the successful candidates for information to assist in the presentation at the awards ceremony.

If you have any questions or require further clarification, please contact the AFPA office by calling, 780-429-9923 or 1-800-667-2372.

April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day

“The eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2016. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. How will you celebrate?

Use #LIUB to share your experience across social media and help light the world up blue this April! Find out which major global landmarks will light up blue in 2016.

https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/world-autism-awareness-day

Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long!!!

Kids Bowl Free allows your family to bowl 2 Games FREE everyday all summer.

Plus, there is a family pass option where parents, grandparents, older children that don’t qualify for the Kids Bowl Free passes and babysitters can join in the fun and get the same great 2 FREE Game offer every day.

Visit http://www.kidsbowlfree.com for all the details.

Province supports children and families most in need with new Alberta Child Benefit

March 17, 2016

Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir is reminding eligible parents to file a tax return to receive the new Alberta Child Benefit, and that free tax clinics are available throughout Alberta to help.

“In tough times, Albertans pull together. Our government has made a commitment to help Alberta families who are facing financial hardship. I encourage all eligible parents to file a tax return to qualify for the new Alberta Child Benefit.”

Irfan Sabir, Minister of Human Services

All families earning less than $41,220 per year in net income, including those receiving AISH and Income Support, are eligible to receive the new ACB. The maximum annual benefit is $1,100 for families with one child, and up to $2,750 for families with four or more children.

To qualify, families must:

  • file a 2015 tax return;
  • reside in Alberta for at least one month;
  • have at least one child under the age of 18; and
  • meet the income requirements.

“As someone who works with lower-income families every day, I appreciate how much the Alberta Child Benefit will improve their lives. This program will make a meaningful difference for many children and families, and I hope parents will take advantage of this great opportunity.”

Tracy Patience, Executive Director, Dickinsfield Amity House

Once fully implemented, 235,000 children in 130,000 lower-income families will receive a total of $195 million in annual benefits from the new ACB. The first ACB payments will go out in August.

Community organizations are hosting free tax clinics to prepare returns for eligible lower-income taxpayers. The Canada Revenue Agency’s website has more information about these clinics. The tax filing deadline is April 30.

To learn more about these benefits, call 1-877-644-9992, or visit humanservices.alberta.ca/childbenefit.

Increase to Supports for Foster Parents and Kinship Caregivers

Child and Family Services Division has announced increased supports for foster parents and kinship caregivers.

Effective January 1, 2016, Camp Fees and Vacation Allowance for children in foster and kinship care increases to $500 a year.

In addition, the automatic relief and respite available to foster parents and kinship caregivers has been increased from one day a month to two days a month. Effective January 1, 2016, all foster parents and kinship caregivers will be reimbursed for two days a month of relief or respite for each child placed in their home at $50 a day with the ability to bank up to six days of relief/respite to be used at one time. This automatic relief/respite will be available to all caregivers not receiving relief or respite supports through a Foster Care or Kinship Care Support Plan.

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