Frequently Asked Questions

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About Alberta Foster and Kinship Association (AFKA)

What is Foster Care?

Foster care is a system in which a child has been placed into a ward, group home, or private home of a certified caregiver, known as a “foster parent.” The placement of the child is usually arranged through the government or a social service agency. It provides temporary care and safety for children who cannot live with their biological families due to various reasons.

What is Kinship Care?

The provincial Kinship care program is when a child is looked after by an approved home consisting of their extended family or close friends when their parents are no longer able to care for them. It’s a way to keep the child in a familiar environment, surrounded by those who already know and love them.

What is AFKA, and what is its mission?

AFKA, the Alberta Foster and Kinship Association, is a non-profit, charitable organization supporting and advocating for foster and kinship caregivers in Alberta. Our mission is to empower these caregivers by providing essential resources, training, and a community of support, ensuring that every child and youth in the province receives the nurturing environment they deserve.

How is AFKA different from other support organizations?

AFKA is uniquely focused on foster and kinship caregivers in Alberta. We offer tailored resources, training, and advocacy efforts to address these caregivers’ specific challenges and needs, equipping them to provide the best care possible.

How does AFKA ensure cultural sensitivity, including Indigenous support?

AFKA recognizes the importance of cultural sensitivity and inclusivity. We actively work to integrate practices that respect and acknowledge the diverse backgrounds of caregivers and children. In addition, we have dedicated resources and programs tailored for Indigenous caregivers and communities, recognizing the unique challenges and histories they encounter.

Please visit our Indigenous Support page for more information on AFKA’s commitment to Alberta’s Indigenous communities.

How is AFKA funded?

AFKA is funded through provincial grants, private donations, corporate partnerships, and membership fees. These funds enable us to deliver our programs, resources, and support services to Alberta’s foster and kinship caregiver community.

What regions does AFKA cover?

AFKA serves all regions of Alberta, providing support to foster and kinship caregivers in urban, rural, and Indigenous communities throughout the province.

AFKA Membership & Benefits

What are the benefits of becoming an AFKA member?

As an AFKA member, you can access various exclusive benefits, including specialized training sessions, resources tailored to caregivers, opportunities to connect with a supportive community, advocacy on provincial policies, and exclusive updates on events and programs.

How do I become a member?

To become a member, visit the Membership section on our website and follow the registration process. Once you’ve filled out the necessary information and paid the membership fee, where necessary, you’ll gain immediate access to our members-only resources and benefits.

Do members receive training or resources?

Absolutely! AFKA members receive access to specialized training programs designed to empower caregivers. These trainings address various topics, from managing emotional needs to navigating provincial policies. Members can also access a library of resources to assist in their caregiving journey.

Are there specific resources or programs tailored for Indigenous caregivers and communities?

Yes, AFKA is deeply committed to supporting Indigenous caregivers and communities. We have developed resources and programs specifically designed to address their unique needs, cultural practices, and histories, ensuring they receive the support they deserve.

For more information, visit our Indigenous Support page or contact us directly.

Getting Involved & Partnerships

How can I volunteer or get involved with AFKA?

AFKA always welcomes volunteers who are passionate about supporting foster and kinship caregivers. Visit our website’s Get Involved page for more information.

What opportunities exist for corporations to partner with AFKA?

Corporations can partner with AFKA in various ways, from financial sponsorships to collaborative programs. By aligning with AFKA, businesses can make a tangible difference in the lives of caregivers and children in Alberta. Visit our Corporate Giving page or Contact Us for more information.

How can my organization or business benefit from a partnership with AFKA?

Partnering with AFKA offers businesses a chance to demonstrate corporate social responsibility, gain visibility in the community, and directly impact the well-being of children and caregivers in Alberta.

Caregiver Support & Resources

How can I become a foster or kinship caregiver?

In Alberta, numerous children and youth urgently need stable, loving environments. By becoming foster parents or kinship caregivers, you offer the supportive home every child deserves.

Choosing to foster or pursue kinship care is a significant family decision. Options include the Government Foster Care program, Delegated First Nations Agencies, or Contract Foster Care Agencies. It’s essential to understand the support available and choose the best fit for your family. Visit our Becoming A Caregiver page to learn more about Alberta’s fostering opportunities.

How does AFKA support caregivers navigating complex emotional needs and challenges from provincial policies?

AFKA offers numerous resources, from emotional support groups to training sessions addressing provincial policies’ intricacies. We aim to ensure caregivers are equipped to handle their emotional and administrative challenges.

What resources are available for caregivers to help in their journey?

AFKA provides a comprehensive suite of resources, from training modules on specific caregiving challenges to peer networking opportunities and connection to relevant community resources. Our resources are designed to offer caregivers the support they need every step of the way.

How does AFKA address the demands of unclear or inconsistent expectations from the ministry/provincial policy/practice?

AFKA advocates for clarity and consistency in provincial policies impacting foster and kinship caregivers. We collaborate withregional and provincial bodies, providing feedback and recommendations to ensure caregivers have clear, consistent guidelines.

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