Ministry of

Children’s Services

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

Key services

  • Adoption and 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

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.

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