#4, 941 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta 403-527-1588 Shannon.Nelson@mcman.ca

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    A Child Today

  • We Can’t Help Everyone

    But Everyone Can
    Help Someone


Provide temporary family-based care for children who, for their own safety and well-being, cannot stay in their own homes.

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Respite Care

Provide temporary, relief care of a foster child in your home or in the foster home for a brief period of time when required.

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Provide a Forever Family to a waiting child/ youth in Alberta.

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Open your heart, open your home to a child in need

Can I be a foster parent?

If you meet the following criteria, you can apply be a foster parent:

  • You must be a resident of Alberta.
  • Cohabitating applicants must have been in a stable relationship for at least 12 months prior to applying.
  • You must be at least 18 years old. The maximum age will be determined by the best interests of the child.
  • You have not had an additional child in the past 12 months and/or are not currently expecting an additional child through pregnancy or adoption.
  • You must be physically and mentally capable of meeting the child's needs with no major illness or trauma in the past 12 months.
  • You need to have your own residence (with your own address) separate and apart from other caregivers.

Frequently Asked Questions

A foster child can be of any age or gender. Some children need longer term placements (especially teenagers) and others need short term placements.

Foster children may:

  • have experienced abuse or neglect.
  • be part of a sibling group that is to be kept intact.
  • need assistance with keeping connections to their biological family, community, cultural background and heritage.
  • require help in preparing for adulthood.

Foster children are like other children and require love, comfort, security and stability.

They take care for the day-to-day needs of their foster child, including the child’s physical, spiritual and cultural needs.

They work as a team member with their foster child, the foster child’s family, the foster child’s caseworker, and other professionals.

They complete foster care training that enhances and develops their parenting skills to a professional level.

Supports are provided through Children's Services foster care support workers, other foster parents and the Alberta Foster Parent Association.

Supports include, but are not limited to, ongoing contacts and visits from the foster care support worker and the child’s caseworker, training, resources for respite and child care, peer support, support groups, and recognition events.

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Phone: 403-527-1588
Fax: 403-526-8249

#4, 941 South Railway St. SE,
Medicine Hat, Alberta
T1A 2W3