Ministry of Children’s Services

Leads child care & intervention, early childhood development, foster & kinship care, adoption, and improvements for children & youth.

Key services

  • Find out about adoption processes and statistics, and access adoption records and other post-adoption services.
  • Funding and supports are available for youth who have been in care, as they pursue post-secondary studies and prepare for adulthood.
  • Lower-income families with children may be eligible for the ACB to help provide a better quality of life for their children.
  • Find child care, child care subsidy, staff certification and professional recognition.
  • Financial assistance to eligible lower-income families for child care.
  • Intervention services are provided when there are concerns that a child or youth is being neglected or abused by their parent or guardian.
  • Find contact information for your local office.
  • How to become a guardian, foster parent or kinship caregiver, and support for caregivers.
  • Provide a safe, nurturing, healthy and stable home for an Indigenous child in need of care.
  • Alberta’s network of 57 Parent Link Centres provide parents and caregivers with free resources and support.

In focus

  • Minister Ceci and Minister Larivee with children at playplace
    Lower-income families with children may be eligible for a financial benefit to help provide a better quality of life for their children.
  • Premier Notley and Children’s Services minister Danielle Larivee visit the Intercultural Child and Family Centre in Edmonton
    This Alberta-wide pilot program provides child care for children aged 0 to 6 years with maximum fees of $25 per day.
  • A Stronger, Safer Tomorrow

    On June 28, 2018, the Government of Alberta released the public action plan A Stronger, Safer Tomorrow to protect and empower the province’s children, youth and caregivers.

  • Advancing Futures Program

    Advancing Futures provides funding and supports for youth who have been in care, as they pursue post-secondary studies and prepare for adulthood. Next application deadline is February 1, 2019.

  • Improving the child intervention system

    New legislation will help protect children and support families.

Our responsibilities

Children’s Services focuses on early intervention, child development and delivering supports and services to children, youth and families. It works to ensure that children in Alberta have the tools they need to thrive in healthy families and communities. The ministry engages with Indigenous leaders and communities, the Government of Canada, other Government of Alberta ministries, community agencies and other stakeholders.

Featured News

  • Dec 28, 2018

    The province continued to make life better for families this year by adding thousands of affordable child care spaces, expanding the school nutrition program and investing in new infrastructure.

  • Nov 30, 2018

    Minister of Children’s Services Danielle Larivee honoured nine caring and passionate Albertans at Government House for their outstanding commitment to quality child care and child development.

  • Nov 20, 2018

    Minister of Children’s Services Danielle Larivee issued the following statement recognizing National Child Day:

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