Resources

EDFSA Library
The EDFSA has a free library!  Members can borrow a number of helpful resources from our library.  We have books on foster care, adoption, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, psychology of children, and many more!

AdaptAbilities
AdaptAbilities is a non-profit charitable organization providing individualized programs for children with special needs.  Everything is goal directed to “Create Success — For Life!”  AdaptAbilities programs include respite care, out-of-school care, teen nights, and summer camps.  All programs focus on life skills, expressive art, recreation, and motor development.

Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD)
This program provides supports and services for parents of disabled children to keep their children at home.  Parents retain guardianship of their children, and are responsible for all normal costs of caregiving.  However, you may be able to receive partial funding for some of extraordinary costs of raising a disabled child.

A Child’s Hope
A Child’s Hope is the Government of Alberta resource page for anyone wishing to become a Foster, Kinship, Foster-to-Adopt, or Adoptive parenting.  If you want to become a caregiver working directly with the Government, start here!

Approved Foster Care Agencies List
If you want to become a caregiver working with an agency, look here first.  This is a list of all the approved Agencies in Region 6: Edmonton and Area Child and Family Services.

Minga Marketplace
An online store, created as a place where professionals, agencies, and individuals can locate and purchase a comprehensive selection of resources and products on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) including published articles and books, packaged programs, CDs and DVDs, as well as crafts and gift items.

The Broken Cord by Michael Dorris
When Michael Dorris, 26, single, working on his doctorate, and part Indian himself, applied to adopt an Indian child, his request was speedily granted.  He knew that his new three-year-old son, Adam, was badly developmentally disabled; but he believed in the power of nurture and love.  This is the heartrending story, full of compassion and rage, of how his son grew up mentally retarded, a victim of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome whom no amount of love could make whole.  The volume includes a short account of his own life by the 20-year-old Adam, and a foreword by Dorris’ wife, the writer Louise Erdrich.  The Broken Cord won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1989.

In My Heart by Molly Bang
Being away from one’s parent can create feelings of insecurity for any young child.  But even when they are apart, parents and children can share a special connection.  Told from the parent’s point of view, In My Heart shows that, no matter where the parent is — or where the child is — the child is always in the parent’s heart. A warm, simple, reassuring story, In My Heart is the perfect read-aloud for a parent before leaving for work in the morning or before tucking a child in at night.

Motherrisk Book List
The Motherrisk Program is run by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto.  Motherisk is a recognized leading authority on drugs and other exposures in pregnancy.  They have collected and published a number of resources about pregnancy and parenting children with fetal drug and alcohol exposure.

Understand Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is an excellent book for anyone working with children with FASD: caregivers, parents, social workers, etc.

A Star for Rae by Dylan, Cheryl and Michael Rieder; illustrated by Caylen Vossen
An illustrated book for young readers and adults, A Star for Rae tells the story of the special baby girl who first made the Rieders a foster family.  The story is told by 10-year-old Dylan as he describes bringing Rae home, caring for her, watching her grow, and then having to say goodbye when Rae is adopted by new parents.