Fire Extinguisher Recall

175,000 fire extinguishers sold in Canada by Kidde are under recall notice.

Fire safety is critical in keeping your family safe.  Each home should have a fire extinguisher wherever you have fire hazards.  But a fire extinguisher won’t help you if it isn’t working correctly!

Please check your fire extinguishers carefully to see if they are being recalled.

Kidde can be reached toll-free at (855) 283-7991 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on Product Safety Notice for more information.

Here is a link to more information on safely using fire extinguishers from Edmonton Fire Services.

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Laser Tag!

Are you worried that the Christmas Break will be boring for your kids?

Stop worrying!  On Sunday, December 18, 2014, the EDFSA is hosting a FREE laser tag event for youth ages 10–17.  Children from all the EDFSA’s members are welcome.

The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Email us at edfsa@shaw.ca or call 780-991-5007 to sign up for free!

Click here to see our Laser Tag flyer as a PDF.

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“No One’s Girl” by Ashley Ash

“No One’s Girl” is a remarkable essay by Ashley Ash about her life as an adoptee and a foster child.  She is the first winner of a new writing prize: the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Student Nonfiction Writing Contest.

Ashley Ash was originally adopted from India by a Canadian family when she was one year old.  Her life after coming to Canada was not easy.  She came into foster care because of abuse at  home and lived with eight foster families before being re-adopted at the age of 10.

“No One’s Girl” is a beautiful story of how Ms. Ash lived and thrived with the help of foster and adoptive parents.

You can read “No One’s Girl” at Macleans.ca or listen to an interview where Ashley Ash reads an excerpt of her award-winning essay on As It Happens.

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Carousel Temporary Closed

The Carousel Clothing Bank is closed.

Our Carousel Clothing Bank is one of our most popular programs.  Unfortunately, we have temporarily closed the Clothing Bank due to ongoing location concerns.

Right now, there is no re-opening date.  We are working hard to re-open the Carousel as soon as possible.

Thank you all for your patience.

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New Mental Health Support Line

The Edmonton Crisis Unit has a new support phone line for children, youth, and caregivers with emerging mental health issues and concerns.

You can now contact the Edmonton Crisis Unit and have your phone call transferred to the on-call CASA therapist.  This therapist will provide you with brief and solution-focused mental health interventions.  The therapist may also help you find educational resources.

CASA (Child, Adolescent, and Family Mental Health) and Edmonton and Area Child and Family Services are working together for this service.  CASA workers can address mental health concerns from the Crisis Unit phone line.  Child and Family Services workers will continue to address intervention concerns.

Mental Health Phone Line @ 780-427-3390

Caregivers who call can expect:

  • Mental health support to improve situations with caregivers and children
  • Solution-focused and brief strategies to help with immediate mental health interventions
  • Suggestions on immediate strategies to cope with a child’s behaviours
  • Help for the caregiver to manage the child and their relationship better in the future, through educational resources and/or referrals to training.
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Safety on Facebook

The holiday season brought lots of opportunities for beautiful family photos!  Just about everyone loves to share these photos with friends and family.

A lot of us use Facebook each day to talk about our families and share pictures.  But are you thinking about your privacy?

When you join a group on Facebook, you probably don’t know every person in that group.  Even secret groups may give an invitation to someone you don’t know, or to someone who doesn’t have your best interests in mind.  Anyone inside the group could copy-and-paste your post anywhere else: into emails or onto their own Facebook page.  If that happens, your words and photos will be public, and you won’t be able to control who sees them.

Please remember privacy when posting anything on Facebook, especially if you’re talking about children.  Even if you’re posting in a group you think is private and secret, don’t post anything you wouldn’t want everyone to see.

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Vaccinations for Children in Care

In 2013, Alberta experienced a large measles outbreak.  As of 06 January 2014, the measles outbreak has been declared over in Alberta.

This outbreak raised a number of concerns with caregivers in the province about consent for vaccinations.

A caregiver of a child with Permanent Guardianship Order/Agreement may consent to immunization.  This is allowed by the Delegation of Powers and Duties to a Child Caregiver.  If this applies to you: YES, you can have the child in your care vaccinated.

If the Director isn’t the only guardian of the child (eg: a Temporary Guardianship Order) then the caseworker must ask the guardian of the child for consent.  This means that if the child in your care is not solely under guardianship of the government, you cannot vaccinate the child without the consent of all guardians.

All caregivers should discuss immunization of the children in their care with the child’s caseworker.  This will help you determine if you have consent and what vaccination schedule the child has followed up to now.

Please go to the Alberta Health Services website to check for any health advisories in your area.  Any contagious disease outbreaks will be listed here.

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