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BECOME A FOSTER PARENT

Thanks to kind, giving families just like yours, we are able to provide children and youth in Alberta with safe, nurturing and supportive care when they need it most.


WHY FOSTER?

Becoming a foster parent is an opportunity to open your heart and home to a young person during a critical time in their life. Many of these children have experienced trauma, have been subject to unsafe circumstances, or both. By giving a child a place of comfort and safety, you can provide the greatest gift of all: a place to call home.


WHAT SUPPORTS DO FOSTER HOMES RECEIVE?

At Aspen, we carefully screen and train all foster parents, providing free, comprehensive training and support, and 24/7 on call support. Foster families also receive a tax-free per diem to cover the basic costs associated with caring for a child. Additional funding is available for extra-curricular and school activities as well as for relief care.

We understand that being a foster parent can have its challenges and we commit to being there to support you along every step of the journey.


HOW ARE CHILDREN MATCHED WITH FOSTER HOMES?

You will be matched with a child or youth in collaboration with Aspen and Children’s Services. Children in need of foster care range in age from newborn to adolescent, and are of all ethnicities, religions and gender identities. We work hard to place every child in a home that best fits their individual needs and interests.


HOW DOES ASPEN SUPPORT CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE?

Aspen works closely with its foster homes and case management team to:

  • Provide safe, nurturing and supportive environments to help children learn and grow
  • Provide support with permanency planning (i.e. reunification with family, placement with kinship or transition to adoption or private guardianship)
  • Advocate for the needs of both foster families and the child or children in their care
  • Provide support managing transitions associated with placement changes
  • Build connections and develop relationships between the child, their foster family and the community, including cultural connections and participation in community activities of interest to them

LEARN MORE

If you would like to learn more about how you make a difference in the life of a child by becoming a foster parent, please contact us at aspenfamily@aspenfamily.org or 403-219-3477.

We also invite you to attend one of our fostering information sessions in the community.