FSCD – How to apply

Follow these steps to apply for the Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) program.

FSCD application

Apply online

You can start a new application or continue your current application.

Apply for FSCD online

Assistance with applying

If you need assistance with your online application or are unable to apply online, call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992 or in Edmonton 780-644-9992.

What you need to know before starting your application

You will need to include some of the following documents with your application.

Proof of your child’s citizenship/immigration status

To be eligible for Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD), your child must be either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. You will need to provide proof of their citizenship/immigration status by including one of the following documents:

  • birth certificate
  • record of live birth
  • Canadian passport
  • Canadian citizenship or permanent resident card
  • IMM5292 confirmation of permanent residency form

Your child’s medical documentation/reports

To be eligible for FSCD, your child must have a disability that has been diagnosed by a medical professional or be in the process of getting a diagnosis.

Medical documentation must include the following:

  • child’s name and date of birth
  • child’s diagnosis
  • date the child was diagnosed
  • name of the medical professional who diagnosed the child
  • if the child is in the process of being diagnosed, information about provisional diagnosis or the condition or impairment that indicates the child may have a disability

The medical report or letter should be written by a health professional who is able to make the diagnosis or probable diagnosis within the scope of their practice, such as:

  • physician or psychiatrist
  • physical or occupational therapist, speech and language pathologist or audiologist
  • clinical social worker or psychologist

Medical documentation should be as current as possible.

Note: applicants are responsible for any fees the health professional may charge to prepare the letter or report.

Proof of relationship with the child

If applicable, you may be asked to provide documents such as a guardianship order, birth certificate or adoption papers.

Note: the FSCD application is considered complete only after the application and all supporting documents (proof of child’s citizenship/immigration status, medical documentation, and proof of guardianship, if applicable) are received.

After you apply

A Disability Services worker reviews your application package to see if there is enough information to decide if your child is eligible for the program. They will contact you to:

  • ask you to provide more information to determine your child’s eligibility, or
  • explain why your child is not eligible and give you information about other programs and resources that may be helpful, or
  • say your child is eligible and discuss next steps to determine your needs, goals and the supports you may receive

If you are not eligible:

A Disability Services worker will contact you to:

  • explain why you are not eligible
  • give you information about other Alberta government programs and services you may be eligible for
  • provide information about other supports in your community
  • tell you about ways to resolve concerns about your eligibility