Update May 2018
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a cultural shift, that will positively affect outcomes for children and families.
FCS aligns with the Child Intervention Practice Framework, Signs of Safety, and the Prevention and Early Intervention Framework to support positive interactions between workers, children and youth, and their caregivers.
In the first phase of delivery, four of the FCS modules were piloted with select front-line staff and caregivers over the course of 2016-17, including the 2016 and 2017 AFPA conferences, and the Northwest Aboriginal Caregiver Training Retreat (Treaty 8) in 2016 and 2017.
In phase two, CS and First Nation Agencies (DFNA) front-line workers, and caregivers will receive the training.
- Phase two training is expected to be completed for current workers by June, 2018.
- This training will be mandatory for delegated staff. However, all CS staff will be encouraged to take the training.
- CS aims to train all existing caregivers by the Fall of 2019.
Key stakeholders, including the Alberta Foster/Kinship Association (AFKA) and ALIGN Association of Community Services, have been involved in this project and will play a key role in the delivery of the FCS modules to caregivers. ALIGN will be hosting train the trainer opportunities in your area in 2018 to give agencies the material to train their own staff and caregivers, as well, ALIGN will be hosting the training series in 2018/2019 for agencies staff and cargivers throughout the province.
Phase three will be the incorporation of this material into Work Force Development (June 2018) and on-going Caregiver training (Fall 2018).
Updated February 2018
Update September 2017
The Committee is in the process of reviewing the recently released Review of literature with the focus on Aboriginal Peoples and Communities – Trauma,Child Development, Healing and Resilience. The expectation is that organizations in Alberta serving child, youth and families must be Trauma Informed along with understanding Child Brain Development and stress. This is the foundational work for the 101 training that will come out this up coming year.
The definition of Trauma Informed Care has 4 common elements; Trauma Awareness, Emphasis on Safety, Rebuild Control for person served and the approach is Strength Based. There is many ways for Organizations and their programs to make sure they are meeting these common elements in all the work they do.
Update June 2015
Foundations of Caregiver Support – June 2015
This document provides the vision and purpose of the Foundations of Caregiver Support and a description of it’s three foundational pillars: child development, trauma, and loss and grief. The document is part of a communication and engagement strategy for Child Intervention staff and stakeholders. Primary stakeholders include: Human Services staff and divisions, Delegated First Nation Agencies (DFNA), Alberta Foster Parent Association, ALIGN, and other agencies, partners and the community…