AASCF The Future is Now 2008

Child and family service agencies funded by the Ministry of Child and Youth Services (hereby referred to as “funded services”) are increasingly unable to attract and retain qualified employees due to the low compensation they are able to offer relative to other sectors. High staff turnover has contributed to poor program continuity and has necessitated that large amounts of time be spent on training rather than program development. There are rising concerns about the ability to provide quality services to Alberta’s children. Agencies have reduced service delivery in order to ensure that standards of care are being met. The need for increased financial support is the result of historical insufficient funding seen in the 1990s and again in 2002 – 2005. At the present time, up to a 45% pay gap exists between equivalent positions in the non-profit and government sectors. We would like to recognize in 2008/09 that funded agencies received a 5% compensation increase and the Ministry committed the same amount for 2009/10. This funding will prevent the gap from growing further but still needs to be sustained. There is an urgent need to invest in strengthening and sustaining contracted services so that Alberta’s vulnerable children and families receive help when in need…

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