#4, 941 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta 403-527-1588 shannon.nelson@mcmansouth.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?

Foster caregivers come from all cultural and social backgrounds and are of any relationship status including common-law and same-sex relationships. To apply, you must meet the following criteria:
- You are a resident of Alberta and are at least 18 years old
- You are either single or are in a stable relationship for at least 12 months prior to applying, if cohabitating
- You are physically and mentally capable of safely caring for children with no major illness or trauma in the past 12 months
- You have a residence separate and apart from other caregivers
- You are financially stable
- You have not become responsible for an additional child in the past year, and/or are currently expecting an additional child through pregnancy or adoption


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:

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
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