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Province marks decade of community support for families

Parent Link Centres are celebrating 10 years of providing programs and resources for Alberta’s parents.

February 18, 2015

Recognize outstanding childcare providers

Nominations open for the Child Development Professional Awards of Excellence.

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January 16, 2015

Webcasts develop caregiver skills

Families and caregivers will have access to information, the latest research and other resources via webcasts on mental health, brain injury, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and disabilities.

January 15, 2015

Know the numbers that will help over the holiday season

The Government of Alberta has a range of supports available for Albertans who need help during the Christmas season.

December 19, 2014

Alberta communities celebrate people with disabilities

Albertans are honouring people with disabilities and those who support them at events marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3.

December 3, 2014

Alberta improves child intervention system transparency

Human Services Minister Heather Klimchuk made a statement on the new Publication Ban Regulation and child death notification process.

November 27, 2014

Alberta increases support for foster and kinship caregivers

The Alberta government is supporting foster and kinship care families with a 2.1 per cent cost of living increase and one day of respite care per child per month.

November 8, 2014

Government celebrates efforts to end family violence

The Inspiration Awards illuminate the innovative work of Albertans who support and protect victims of family violence.

November 6, 2014

Help recognize Alberta’s young leaders

The Government of Alberta is opening nominations for the 2015 Great Kids Awards.

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October 9, 2014

Bell Let’s Talk and the Government of Alberta partner on $2 million project to improve access to mental health care for children and youth

Bell Let’s Talk and the Government of Alberta today announced a $2 million initiative to enhance mental health services for children and youth throughout the province, especially those in rural and remote communities, with a single online access point to mental health information and care.

October 8, 2014

Premier Prentice assures Michener residents facility will not close

During a visit to Michener Centre today, Premier Jim Prentice addressed any uncertainty families and guardians may have regarding ongoing residency in the Centre.

September 19, 2014

Alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix

Albertans are encouraged to recognize and support Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day on September 9.

August 29, 2014

Response to call for Michener investigation

Naresh Bhardwaj, Associate Minister for Persons with Disabilities, today issued the following statement in response to calls for an investigation into the deaths of people who have transferred from the Michener Centre.

August 21, 2014

Funding available to help protect vulnerable children and families

Alberta is inviting local agencies to participate in a $20 million program to help end child abuse, family violence, sexual assault and bullying, and to support children’s mental health.

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August 21, 2014

Alberta signs MOU with Western Australia for largest international system-wide implementation of Signs of Safety

Alberta is changing its child intervention practice to strengthen families and help reduce the number of children in care.

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August 18, 2014

Alberta lifts publication ban on children who die in care

Human Services Minister Manmeet S. Bhullar stated, “Upon my appointment as Minister of Human Services seven months ago, I pledged to change the province’s laws that govern what information can be shared about the tragic deaths of children in care.”

July 24, 2014

Alberta launches mentorship campaign to support children and youth in care

More kids will benefit from caring adults with the launch of a recruitment campaign to help find a mentor for every child and youth in care in Alberta.

July 16, 2014

Albertans appointed to Premier’s council on disabilities

Seven members have been either reappointed or appointed to the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities that advises government from a disability perspective.

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July 11, 2014

Investments in education and training will improve child intervention practice

Starting this fall, an additional 25 students and social work practitioners will be able to complete their Bachelor of Social Work degree online. The Master of Social Work will also increase by 25 spots starting in January 2015. In an effort to ensure Alberta has the best trained child intervention workers in Canada, the government is also striking a task force with the university to create an educational focus on child protection.

July 3, 2014

Alberta expands support for flood-related emotional trauma

More counselling and outreach services will be available to those suffering the emotional toll of the floods. A total of $2.03 million over two years will go towards supporting services for people dealing with family violence and abuse, as well as those who are homeless.

June 25, 2014

More support for victims of family and sexual violence

Communities will be better able to help victims of family violence and sexual abuse get the services they need when they need them. An additional $2 million will be provided to sexual assault centres and family violence shelters will receive a $4 million increase.

June 11, 2014

Alberta Supports expands service delivery in Edmonton

Residents in Edmonton now have easier access to government supports with the opening of a new Alberta Supports Centre.

June 3, 2014

Alberta Supports expands service delivery in Red Deer

Residents in Red Deer and surrounding communities now have easier access to government supports with the opening of a new Alberta Supports Centre.

May 30, 2014

Innovative parenting project supports Alberta’s plan for vulnerable families

More progress is being made on Alberta’s plan to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families through a new initiative aimed at improving interactions and early relationships between parents and their newborns.

May 22, 2014

New programs support employing Albertans with disabilities

Albertans with disabilities will have more employment opportunities through the new Employment First Innovation Fund and the Employment First Internship Program.

May 22, 2014

Lower-income Albertans with mobility challenges supported to ensure greater independence at home

Wheelchair users will be able to modify their homes through support from grant program increases.

May 12, 2014

Forum seeks solutions to end child sexual abuse

Supporting victims will be the focus of Albertans’ contributions to the first Child Sexual Abuse Forum.

May 8, 2014

Budget 2014 builds stronger families and communities

Building on existing supports and increasing prevention activities helps keep Alberta’s families and communities healthy and safe.

May 2, 2014

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