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AFPA Summer Camps

Alberta Foster Parent Association’s summer camp programs are a great opportunity to help children and youth gain confidence, pride and sense of accomplishment through games, crafts, and socializing with peers. The health, safety and well-being of all campers are held at utmost of importance to our staff, volunteers and leaders and is emphasized throughout our programs.

The Summer Camps available for 2017 are:

Adventure Camp for Ages 10 – 12: July 2 – 7, 2017

Wee, Wet & Wild Camp for Ages 6 – 9: July 9 – 14th, 2017

We have opportunities for campers, Jr. Leaders and Adult Volunteers! Visit our Summer Camp Page for more details!

2017 Compensation Guide for Foster & Kinship Caregivers

Children’s Services has developed this financial information guide to provide caregivers and staff with an overview of financial responsibilities of Child and Family Services (CFS) or Delegated First Nations Agency (DFNA) and caregiver parents have when a child is placed in care. It explains the financial process to access funds for children in care.

You can download your .pdf copy here

SPECIAL REPORT: LGBTQ2S YOUTH

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.

If you are you a young person who identifies as LGBTQ2S+ and
is receiving Child Intervention Services and/or involved with the youth justice system

– or –

If you are you a service provider providing services to LGBTQ2S+ children and youth (specifically those involved in the child welfare or youth justice systems)

Please visit this link to complete the online survey: http://www.ocya.alberta.ca/rainbow-flag/

…Did you know:

LGBTQ2S+ children and youth have specific vulnerabilities, needs and circumstances that require particular attention.

LGBTQ2S+ young people often experience harassment, stigma and rejection while in care and these experiences largely contribute to placement instability, running away, social and emotional problems and limited support networks.

Up to 40 percent of homeless youth belong to the LGBTQ2S+ population. One study found that LGBTQ2S+ youth face approximately 14 times the risk of suicide and substance abuse than heterosexual peers.

In Canada, where individuals are protected against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, LGBTQ2S+ youth receiving services have a right to be respected as well, to have policies and procedures in place that ensure their safety and well-being.

The OCYA is working with community stakeholders who also work with and advocate for LGBTQ2S+ young people. Some of these stakeholders are a part of an advisory group (including youth representatives) who will provide advice and expertise to this Special Report process.

It is our hope that this Special Report will provide meaningful recommendations to improve the experiences and outcomes for LGBTQ2S+ young people as they come into contact with child welfare and youth justice….

…Retrieved from http://www.ocya.alberta.ca/…/ocya-special-report-lgbtq-you…/

2017 Aboriginal Awareness Weekend – Sept. 15 – 17, 2017

Now taking registrations for those who wish to reserve their spot at this year’s event. A detailed schedule will be posted asap!

Fillable .PDF registration forms available here. Registrations are accepted on a first come first served basis. Space is limited, register today!

We ask that all registration payments are made prior to the event. 

Cancellations will be accepted until September 1st, however, there will be a $50.00 cancellation fee. The balance will be refunded.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after September 1st.

There’s lots of great plans in the works for a great weekend from traditional dance demonstrations, tipi teachings, protocols of ceremonies, importance of traditional names and more!

You wont want to miss it!

Here’s a breakdown of costs for accommodations at the Brownell Children’s Retreat, meals and activities:

Programming & Meal Costs:

1 – 5 guests/family – Member Cost: $125.00/weekend – Non-Members: $150.00/weekend

6 – 7 guests/family – Member Cost: $125.00/weekend – Non-Members: $200.00/weekend

9 – 12 guests/family – Member Cost: $225.00/weekend – Non-Members: $250.00/weekend

Meals Included:

Friday Night: Snack, Coffee/Tea, Juice

Saturday: 3 Meals, Snacks, Coffee/Tea, Juice

Sunday: Breakfast

Accommodations:

Depending on the number of guests, you may need to book 2 rooms/2 cabins etc. to accommodate sleeping arrangements

Lodge Rooms (Most rooms sleep up to 5): $50.00 per night, per room- Total costs for 2 nights,(accommodations only) 1 room: $100.00

Cabins (Sleep up to 7) September evenings can be cool so please be aware, particularly if travelling with small children, we currently only have 4 heated cabins; the others are unheated.

Cabin costs: $50.00 per night, per cabin – Total costs for 2 nights (accommodations only), 1 cabin: $100.00

RV Sites with Hook Ups: $25.00 per night per site – Total costs for 2 nights (accommodations only), 1 site: $50.00

 

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.

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.

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.

 

 

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

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