At Siksika Children’s Services, we believe that every child deserves to grow up in a loving, stable and permanent home.
Private Guardianship is an alternative to adoption used by Siksika Children’s Services to provide this for Siksika children.
Any adult who has been taking continuous care of a child can apply to become a permanent guardian. If the child has been under the care of Siksika Children’s Services due to a Permanent Guardianship Order, we are here to support you when making an application.
If you are interested in applying for Private Guardianship you can contact the child’s care worker, and they will help to guide you through all of the necessary steps.
Find downloadable guardianship forms here
The court bases their decision on the following factors:
The private guardianship order will be granted if the court is satisfied that you are:
*Applicants for children who are under Siksika Children’s Services care may be able to qualify for financial assistance Supports for Permanency.
Citation: Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act. Division 5: Private Guardianship, c.12. Canada. Ministry of Child and Family Services. Web. May 2014.
When you have made a request to become the guardian of a child, a Siksika Children’s Services worker will be required to do a home study report.
The home study report hopes to answer the following questions:
It is very important for Siksika children to remain connected to their community, their cultural values and their traditional spiritual practices..
If you are applying to become the guardian of a Siksika child or children, please keep in mind that the Government of Alberta’s Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act has criteria in place to help preserve and protect Siksika culture.
Here are a few examples:
For more information on Private Guardianship, please contact us.