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What is a Kinship Caregiver?
Kinship Caregivers can have a huge impact on the life and well being of a child in care. Siksika Children's Services can always use more Kinship Caregivers who want to take on this very special and important role for our children.
Siksika Kinship Caregivers take care of the day-to-day: physical, spiritual, intellectual and emotional needs of a child in care.
A Siksika Kinship Caregiver:
- Participates in training programs that increase their ability to care for a Siksika child in care
- Works within a supportive team that includes:
- The Siksika child's family
- The Siksika child's caseworker
- Other professional or cultural supports
Who are Siksika foster children?
Siksika foster children are babies, children and adolescents who may have experienced neglect and/or abuse, and are in need of an interim home where they can feel safety and a sense of belonging while their family is in crisis.
Our children may need the help of a foster family to stay connected to Siksika culture and community.
Siksika Children Services strives to keep siblings in care together.
Can I become a Siksika Kinship Caregiver?
Siksika Kinship Caregiver come from all backgrounds and walks of life.
The Government of Alberta has the following criteria for people wanting to become Kinship Caregiver:
- Applicants that are living together must be in a stable relationship for at least one year BEFORE applying
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- You do not have a child under the age of one year, and you are not currently pregnant or adopting a child.
- You are physically and mentally able to meet the needs of a child, and you have had no major illness or trauma in the past 12 months.
- You live in your own residence, separate and apart from other caregivers
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If you are interested in becoming a Kinship Caregiver, please contact one of our two locations and ask to speak with a Placement Resources Officer:
SCS Strathmore Office - (587) 323-3211