Sunday, October 21, 2012
Recognize an unsung hero during National Foster Family Week
“I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of our foster families for your vital role in improving the lives of children and youth,” said Dave Hancock, Minister of Human Services. “We know that the care and supports provided throughout a child’s life are extremely important. The dedication, compassion and generosity of Alberta foster parents are greatly appreciated and truly worthy of recognition.”
Foster parents are key members of a team dedicated to helping children, youth and families. They receive training, financial compensation and support to: mentor and support birth parents; provide a safe, caring and loving home; help children achieve success in school; and, work with youth as they transition to independence.
Anyone who is interested or has questions about becoming a foster parent should contact their local Child and Family Services Authority or Delegated First Nations Agency. Albertans interested in becoming foster parents can also call 1-888-643-1889 for more information.
In Alberta, foster parents care for approximately 4,600 children and youth. Alberta Human Services is always looking to recruit new foster parents and other caregivers. By increasing the number of foster homes, more children can be matched with families in their home communities where siblings can stay together and maintain important cultural ties.