Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD)

The FSCD program works with eligible families to provide support and services based on each child and family’s needs.

Services and information

To be eligible for the Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) program, families must meet a number of criteria.

Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) helps families plan, coordinate and access services to raise a child with disabilities.

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

See the specialized services you may get through the Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) program and how to make a request.

How parents can choose and access Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) service providers to assist their child and family.

Options to resolve concerns about a Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) program decision.

Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) publications, forms and other resources for families and service providers.

Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) services are available across the province. Find the office closest to you.

The advisory committee provides a voice for parents of children with disabilities whose families receive assistance from the FSCD program.

COVID-19 response

A number of interim FSCD policy updates have been made to help families during the COVID-19 public health crisis:

Read the letter to Family Support for Disabilities (FSCD) families from the Assistant Deputy Ministers of Community and Social Services. The letter, sent on March 25, 2020, outlines how the Alberta government continues to support families during the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

For more information, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.

Overview

The FSCD program is based on the Family Support for Children with Disabilities Act (FSCD Act) and the FSCD Regulation. We work in partnership with eligible families of children with disabilities to help parents:

  • with supports and services to raise your child and promote their healthy development
  • encourage your child to take part in activities at home and in community
  • maintain guardianship, responsibility for decision-making and usual expenses to raise a child until they are 18 years old
  • with some of the extraordinary costs related to your child's disability

Services are tailored to meet your family’s situation by working together with you to:

  • determine your child and family’s specific needs
  • set goals to help your child develop and participate at home, school and in the community
  • agree on services and resources to help achieve your child and family’s goals
  • regularly review your goals and needs

Contact

FSCD offices