Frequently Asked Questions


Who is the EDFSA? Are you volunteers?
Are you part of the government?  Are you a private Agency?
Who do you help?
Why support caregivers?  Who are they?
I’m a grandparent.  How can I take care of my grandchildren?  What about nieces and nephews?
How do I become a foster parent?
How can you help me with my Appeal process?
What are your meetings?
What is the Carousel?
How do we get on your mailing list?


Who is the EDFSA?  Are you volunteers?

The Edmonton & District Family Support Association is a non-profit organization.  We are volunteers who care deeply about families.  Our Board of Directors are all volunteers, and numerous other volunteers help us with events, communications, and fundraising.

Most of us are current or former foster parents; some of us have adopted children.  We all believe that the family is a basic unit in society that deserves respect and reasonable support through difficult times.

We are not a foster care agency.  We do represent the voices of caregivers in the Region.


Are you part of the government?  Are you a private Agency?

The EDFSA is not part of the government.  We are not a foster care agency.

This page lists all of the Agencies in Region 6 Edmonton and Area.


Who do you help?

The EDFSA is open to all families in need who reside within the Edmonton & Area Child and Family Services Region 6.  We most frequently assist foster and kinship care families.  We also assist biological families in crisis, recent immigrants, and adoptive families.

Our supports are targeted at assisting any and all caregivers who have had any type of Child Welfare involvement in their families.


Why support caregivers?  Who are they?

Caregivers can be foster parents, kinship care families, adoptive parents, grandparents, and biological parents.  We support them because good caregivers are built, not born.

Parenting children who have come into government care can be challenging.  Foster parents come from all walks of life, just like biological parents.  They have chosen to open their homes to children in need and care for them in a family environment.

Because all children are deserving of families, we believe in helping caregivers get all the tools they need to build and maintain functional families.


I’m a grandparent.  How can I take care of my grandchildren?  What about nieces and nephews?

If a child can no longer live with their biological parents, another home must be found for them.  Often, extended families — like grandparents, aunts and uncles, adult siblings, and others — want to take care of the child.

Kinship care is when children are placed with extended family or someone with whom they have a significant relationship.  Kinship caregivers receive financial compensation, and supports similar to that of foster parents.  Kinship care providers receive some but not all of the training foster parents do, but can negotiate additional training if necessary.

If you are interested in becoming a Kinship care provider, please contact the child’s social worker.  Kinship care programs are run by the Government of Alberta and the agency Catholic Social Services.


How do I become a foster parent?

You can find a list of the Government of Alberta’s approved foster and kinship care agencies here.  This list will tell you all of the agencies in Region 6 (Edmonton and Area).

The basic process for becoming a foster parent involves an application, personal and medical references, a home assessment, Orientation to Caregiver training, and most importantly — approval!  Each individual agency may have more requirements.


How can you help me with my Appeal process?

We can help you liaise with the government, social workers, or other agencies, for services and support.  We can work with you on Child Welfare involvement and appeals.  We understand caregivers’ rights and due process, and we will help you understand them.  We also know and understand the children’s rights.

The paperwork and process can be hard to understand.  Our volunteers have helped many caregiver families through their Appeal processes and know how it works.

If we cannot assist you, we can help you connect with and recommend services that are able to meet your needs.

We can provide support in person, by phone, or via email.


What are your meetings?

We have monthly Board meetings where we discuss the business of the EDFSA and plan events.  On occasion, we have a special speaker in to talk about topics important to caregivers.  Once a year, we have an annual general meeting, where you can run for a board position.

In addition to educational presentations and speakers, our meetings are a great chance to network with other caregivers.


What is the Carousel?

The Carousel Clothing Bank is one of our most utilized resources!  Please see this page to find out more about it.

The Carousel accepts all donations of gently-used clothing.  All sizes are accepted.  We especially need clothing for: boys aged 7 and up, and teenagers of both genders.


How do we get on your mailing list?

Fill out our Membership Form here.  Please include your email address!  We send updates about events and meetings through our email list.  We rarely send “snail mail” through the post office.