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Call for Proposals – It’s All About Kids Conference 2018

Conference Date: November 1 – 4, 2018
Where: Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre, Jasper, AB

The AFPA welcomes proposals from: Professionals, Children’s Services & Agency Staff, Organization’s or individuals who are involved in providing services to children, youth and families of Alberta, consultants and professional speakers

Some Topic Ideas:

– Trauma-informed care
– FASD
– Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, ADD, ODD
– Self-Care
– Indigenous teachings
– Mental Health (Including infant, child & adolescent)
– Behavioural Strategies

Submit your proposal to be a speaker/trainer at our 2018 It’s All About Kids Conference Today!

 

 

Notice of Special Meeting

 Special Meeting – Notice of special resolution

The Alberta Foster Parent Association (AFPA) will be holding a special meeting of its members on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 3pm at the AFPA Office, 303 – 9488 – 51st Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5A6

Notice of special resolution: proposed changes to the Official Name & Bylaws

Notice is hereby given to all AFPA members that there is intention to propose the following resolution to be passed as a special resolution during the special meeting being held on Monday, November 28, 2017.

WHEREAS the Board of Directors of the Alberta Foster Parent Association recommends amendments to the Association’s Bylaws;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Bylaws be amended as follows:

  • The Official Name of the Association be changed from: ALBERTA FOSTER PARENT ASSOCIATION (AFPA) to ALBERTA FOSTER AND KINSHIP ASSOCIATION (AFKA)
  • All instances of Foster Home Member be changed to Foster and Kinship Caregiver Member
  • All instances of Alberta Human Services be changes to Alberta Children’s Services
  • MEMBER CLASS: ADD: Corporate/Agency Member: Corporate/Agency Members receive the benefits of Association members, including discounted rates for their staff (not caregivers) to attend Association functions but are not voting members.
  • OFFICERS AND TERMS OF OFFICE: to be changed to the following to reflect the current regions and to prevent the need to amend in the future:

The Board, which consists of not more than sixteen (16) members, shall manage the affairs of the Association; this includes a director from each region as outlined by Alberta Children’s Services and from Treaties 6, 7 & 8.

  • POWERS OF DIRECTORS:

Replace: 

  1. In the event that a Director of the Board is unable to attend a meeting of the Board, he/she may send a delegate to attend the meeting. The delegate shall have the same voting rights and responsibilities at the meeting as the Director who is not able to attend. The delegate shall be a member of the AFPA in good standing.

With:

  1. In the event that a Director of the Board is unable to attend a meeting of the Board, he/she may send a delegate to attend the meeting. The delegate shall have the same voting rights and responsibilities at the meeting as the Director who is not able to attend. The delegate shall be a voting member of the AFPA in good standing.
  • BOARD MEETINGS: QUORUM: Remove current AFPA website address as the domain name may be changing for the website.
  • NOTICE:
    Replace:

Whenever under the provisions of the Bylaws of the Association notice is required to be given, unless otherwise provided in this Bylaw, the notice may be given either personally or emailed or faxed or by depositing it in a post office or a public mailbox, in a prepaid, sealed wrapper addressed to the Director, or Member at the address as it appears on the books of the Association.  A notice or other documentation sent by post or public mailbox, or if emailed or faxed shall be held to be sent when it was transmitted or when deposited in a postal receptacle.  For the purpose of sending any notice, the address of any Member, Director, or Officer shall be the last address of such person as recorded on the books of the Association.  Any person entitled to receive any notice may waive the notice either before or after the meeting to which the notice refers.

With:

Whenever under the provisions of the Bylaws of the Association notice is required to be given, unless otherwise provided in this Bylaw, the notice may be given either by phone, e-mail, meeting notices, bulletin boards, newsletters, announcements at regularly scheduled meetings or electronically (email, website, social media etc.). Every effort will be made to notify all interested parties and members of the Association of upcoming meetings.

  • MEMBERSHIP ON COMMITTEES
    Replace:

Members of committees shall be appointed by, and hold office at the pleasure of the Board.

With:

Members of committees shall be appointed by, and hold office at the discretion of the Board.

 

For any questions or concerns, please contact us Monday – Friday 8:15 AM – 4:30 PM at 1-800-667-2372.

Opioid Overdose Prevention

…”Fentanyl may be 100 times more toxic than morphine, heroin, or oxycodone. Even small amounts can result in overdose and it can be found in other drugs without you knowing.

What to do if you suspect an overdose:

– call 911
– initiate rescue breathing
– if you have a naloxone kit or Narcan® nasal spray (naloxone) follow the SAVE ME steps and instructions.
 Canada’s new Good Samaritan law can protect you. Learn more at Canada.ca/Opioids …

…For general information about opioids, signs and symptoms of an overdose, and what to do in the event of an overdose, visit: www.stopopds.ca

If you need help or are concerned with someone else’s substance use, call:

  • Health Link at 811 or
  • 1-866-332-2322 the Addiction Helpline (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week)…

…Retrieved from…http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/page12491.aspx

Get Naloxone:
 
 
Talking to your child about drugs:

 

What should you do if you suspect someone is experiencing an opioid overdose? Check out this video from Alberta Health Services.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunity – October 13 – 15, 2017

We will be hosting our annual volunteer Brownell Children’s Retreat Winterizing Workbee from October 13 – 15, 2017!

Meals and Accomodations will be provided for all volunteers.

Some of the work being done will be:

Splitting wood, possible landscaping in the park, painting outdoor washrooms, checking on cabins, windows etc.

Please contact Amey at our office by calling 1-780-701-4088 if you are interested in attending. We hope to see you there!

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

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Aboriginal Awareness Weekend. Thanks especially to our many amazing volunteers who made the weekend possible. We couldn’t have done it without you! We had a great time and are looking forward to next year already!

 

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…/

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.

 

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