Foster and Kinship Caregiver Week - October 15 - 21, 2017

Each year, we celebrate National Foster Family Week during the third full week in October; foster families across the country are recognized for the unbelievable work they do for children and youth. Here in Alberta, we celebrate Foster and Kinship Caregiver Week!  Foster and kinship caregivers are amazing members of our community; they are selfless, generous, loving and kind just to name a few of their many wonderful traits. From school functions, sports practices, doctors and specialist appointments to cultural events and ensuring connections to family and community, foster and kinship caregivers find a way to make it happen to meet the various needs of children placed in their care.

Events will be taking place across the country in recognition of foster families and across Alberta in recognition of foster and kinship caregivers. If you have an event happening in your area, we encourage you to email the information to us so that we can help to get the word out.

We wish all foster and kinship caregivers of Alberta and across Canada a very wonderful Foster and Kinship Caregiver Week!


Do you have a story about how a foster or kinship caregiver has made a positive impact on your life? Please send our way to share your story. Read some of the great stories that have been submitted to us here:


A Message from our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau

Download Here: A Message from Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau

A Message from the Honourable Danielle Larivee, Minister of AB Children's Services










A Message from the Honourable Danielle Larivee, Minister of AB Children’s Services

A Letter From Kevin Harris, President, CFFA

Download Kevin Harris’ letter here

Edmonton Region Events

Flag Raising

Date: Monday, October 16th
Time: 11:00 AM (lunch provided)
Location: Lynwood Community Hall, 15525 84 Ave, Edmonton, AB

There will be a light lunch after the ceremony.  If you can join us, please RSVP to or 780-641-8973.

All staff and caregivers who are planning on attending need to RSVP.


South Region Events

Chinook Country Foster Parents Society

Cost: $15.00 per person

Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
Location: Lethbridge Lodge Hotel & Conference Centre
320 Scenic Drive S

Time: Cocktails at 6:00 PM (Cash Bar)
Dinner at 6:30 PM

RSVP BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6th to Connie at 403-327-5358 or

(Please advise of any dietary restrictions)

This event is a chance to thank foster and kinship caregivers for all of their hard work as well as recognize their years of service.
The Social Worker of the Year will also be honoured. This is sure to be a night you won’t want to miss!


Date: October 21st, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM (Movie starts at 10:00 AM)

Come and enjoy a movie, popcorn and pop on us!
Presented by the Chinook Country Foster Parents Society

 RSVP SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14th to Connie at 403-327-5358 or

Northwest Region Events

Flag Raising – Fairview

Date: October 13
Time: 11:00 am
Location:  Fairview at the Municipal District of Fairview office

Flag Raising – High Prairie

There will be snacks and refreshments following the flag raising

Date: October 13
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Town Office




North Central Region Events

Foster & Kinship Care Appreciation BBQ
Date: October 6th,2017
Location: Ag-Society Building, Athabasca
Time: 11.00 am

Registration is now closed for this event

We will be honouring our Foster and Kinship parents who have reached Milestones and all Foster and Kinship parents for the great work that they do.

Beyond Consequences – Heather Forbes 
Date: October 14th, 2017
Location: Nisku Inn
Registration: Now Closed

Westlock Appreciation and Citation Luncheon
Date: October 18th, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Ramada Inn, Westlock
Contact: Chris Kristiansen 780-349-7722

Edson Citation and Appreciation Luncheon
Date: October 18th, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Edson Galloway Museume, 223 – 55th Street, Edson, AB
Contact: Margaret Lachance 780-723-8323

Lac La Biche Appreciation Luncheon
Date: October 18th, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Provincial Building, Main Boardroom, 9503 Beaverhill Road
Contact: Tamarra Callon – 780-520-2712

Bonnyville Citation and Appreciation Luncheon
Date: October 19th, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Bonnyville Community Church, 4414 – 52nd Ave.
Contact: Kathy Kirkham – 780-815-4067

Barrhead Appreciation Luncheon
Date: October 20th, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Barrhead Provincial Building
Contact: Sandra Reschny-Wierenga – 780-674-8343

Vegreville Appreciation Luncheon and Family Fun Activities
Date: October 21st, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location:Lamont CE Centre, 5102 – 53 Street, Lamont, AB
Contact: Deanne Thompson – 780-603-2516

Central Region Events

Event: Flag Raising – Drayton Valley

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Time: 11:00 am Ceremony and Flag Raising , 11:30 BBQ

RSVP: call Gary Emo at the office in Drayton Valley

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in , or the kind of car I drove… but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” -Forest E. Witcraft