In Siksika culture, extended family stretches far beyond just grandparents or uncles and aunts. A Siksika kinship caregiver can be any person who has had a significant relationship with the child and their family.
Kinship care allows a Siksika child in care to stay with a person or family that they and their family already know and trust.
Siksika Children's Services is a strong supporter of kinship care because of its many benefits for the child and their immediate family. Some of these benefits include:
If you are an adult who has a significant relationship to a Siksika child in care, you can apply to become a kinship caregiver.
Much like a foster parent, you must first be approved by a Siksika Children's Services case worker. In order to be approved, you will have meet the following criteria under the Government of Alberta's Youth, Child and Family Act:
Before the child in care can be placed with you as their kinship caregiver, you and any adult member of your household will have to complete some preliminary screening. Siksika Children's Services uses these methods to ensure that your household will be a safe and appropriate choice for the child.
These screening methods include:
Your application to become a Siksika kinship caregiver will also requires the following:
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact one of our two locations and ask to speak with a Foster Care Worker:
Siksika Nation Reserve Office (403) 734-5140
Siksika Calgary Office (403) 235-6893