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ALIGN Presentation Materials from Mandatory Vaccination  Webinar Oct 5, 2021
Some employers in our sector are debating if they should make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for employees. Calgary lawyer (Associate, JSS Barristers) Sarah Miller has shared her presentation materials Vaccine Policies in the Workplace with us to give further insight if you missed the Webinar

Community Services Staff Safety Initiative (CSSSI) Online Modules Final Launch March 2021 On behalf of ACDS, ALIGN, and the Government of Alberta Ministries of Children’s Services and Community and Social Services, we are very pleased to announce that all the resources are now completed and available through the Community Services Staff Safety Initiative (CSSSI), which aims to increase staff safety and reduce harassment and violence in community services workplaces in Alberta VIEW MODULES HERE

ALIGN Introduction to Child Intervention In Alberta  Online Self-Study Guide The objective of the 9 modules is to provide a base introduction to Child Intervention in Alberta for new people on-boarding into the work with agencies and is intended as an optional resource to organizations.

Resources for Individuals, Businesses, and Not-For-Profits During the COVID-19 Crisis May 20, 2020 : A resource from ALIGN , ECVO, and ACDS. This document is a follow-up to our March 24th publication on resources for individuals, businesses, and not-for-profits. Some clarification has been provided on what government resources not-for-profits and charities are able to access 

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ALIGN Agency Response to Kinship Care Redesign (Revised June 3 2019)

The purpose of this report is to provide input regarding the Kinship Care Redesign currently being developed by the Government of Alberta, Ministry of Children’s Services. ALIGN Association of Community Services is a membership association of agencies providing services to children and families in Alberta. ALIGN has represented child welfare and family service providers in Alberta for over 50 years. Member agencies provide a wide range of financial, emotional and practical supports to kinship caregivers, children, youth and families.

What does the research say about Kinship Care? What are other jurisdictions doing?
In addition, examples from the research literature regarding kinship care outcomes – and examples of kinship care models in other jurisdictions – were gathered to provide context and to further support the ALIGN response to kinship care redesign in Alberta.

See Related – ALIGN and Child Review Panel

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Indigenous Protocol Process Videos

Videos that are part of the Indigenous Thought Leaders Series. Selected Elders, advisers, and service providers shared Indigenous teachings and current practices in work with Indigenous children, families, and individuals. These informative protocol videos showcase specific culturally-based approaches to practice and ceremony with indigenous service users. The individual presentations include teachings from highly respected elders and knowledge keepers in Alberta.”

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Child and Family Service (CFS) Regions Caseload Trends 1015-16 to 2017-18 presentation by Jon Reeves, Executive Director – Child Intervention – Southern Alberta  May 2018 at the ALIGN Membership Meeting.

ALIGN Presentation May 2018 Child and Family Service (CFS) Regions Caseload Trends

(Part of ALIGN Foundations of Caregiver Support)

ALIGN Association:  Presentation Materials from the workshop The Three Pillars of Transforming Care by Dr. Howard Bath February 1, 2018  Red Deer The Three Core Trauma-Related Needs Dr. Howard Bath Alberta, January/February

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About: The Three Pillars of Transforming Care distils the core propositions of trauma theory into a clear, concise and accessible framework for those providing care, mentoring and education for young people. It does not primarily target therapists or clinicians but residential workers, foster carers, kinship carers, teachers, and young justice workers as well as those that support, train and mentor them Dr. Howard Bath has been involved in the provision of child, youth and family services for over 40 years. Trained as a clinical psychologist, he has worked as a youth worker, manager, and as the CEO of a child and family services agency. From 2008 to 2015 Howard was the inaugural Children’s Commissioner of Australia’s Northern Territory. In 2010 he co-chaired a major government inquiry into Child Protection Services in the Northern Territory. Howard is widely published in the areas of family preservation, out of home care, child protection and developmental trauma 


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This Tip Sheet that has been developed by a committee representing provincial Children Services , AFPA and ALIGN.
The Role of Caregivers in Assessing and Managing Risk Related to Opioid Use – A Tip Sheet

As a caregiver you are the closest person to the day-to-day activities of a child or youth who may be using opioids. You have a key role on the team who together ensure the tasks in the above diagram occur, plans are implemented and reviewed as circumstances change.
The tip sheet is going out to all the members as agencies have all types of caregivers providing service to children, youth and families. Specific Caregiver Training has also be developed and will be piloted for the fist time at the Alberta Foster Parent Conference this coming weekend. Once feedback is incorporated into the training  the manual will be made available for all to use. I will keep you posted as information becomes available. In the meantime please give the TIP Sheet the widest distribution. Questions can be directed to

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ALIGN Partners in Child Intervention Child Intervention Panel Submission June 30, 2017

ALIGN:  Presentation to Child Intervention Review Panel (ppt) June 15, 2017

ALIGN: Re-Envisioning Therapeutic Group and Residential Care:Closing the Gap Between: “What We Know” and “What We Do” June 15, 2017

ALIGN AFPA – Foster and Kinship Care Presentation for the Ministerial Panel for Child Intervention June 15, 2017


ALIGN Calgary Chapter Submission 1 – Working Relationships and Collaboration

ALIGN Calgary Chapter Submission 2 – The Practice of Child Intervention

ALIGN Calgary Chapter Submission 3 – Funding Community Agency Services A Sector in Crisis

ALIGN Edmonton Chapter Submission to Child Review Panel May 1, 2017


Inter-Agency Foster Care Committee (IFCC) Submission to Review Panel June 29 2017

Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta (CYCAA) Submission to Child Intervention Panel June 2017

Children & Youth in Care and Mentoring Advisory Committee Submission to Child Intervention Panel June 21, 2017

FMAV Webcast Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention – June 15, 2017

Community Initiative Against Family Violence (CIAFV) Submission to Review Panel June 11, 2017

Child Review Panel Submission by Kathleen Kufeldt, MSW, PhD June 9, 2017

CSD Collaborative (Edmonton) The Family Centre Blog/Letter Submission Letter May 30, 2017
CSD Collaborative (Edmonton) Illustration of The Work 3 Stories May 30 2017
CSD Practice Manual Edmonton Region May 30 2017


Mental Wellness for Children and Youth in Care: Support for the Caregiver Conference Edmonton January 25, 2017

The main theme of the Mental Wellness for Children and Youth in Care: Support for the Caregiver symposium was the mental wellness of children and youth in care, the use of psychotropic medications and how caregivers can become more knowledgeable in supporting these youths. Caregiver encompassed agency and department foster parents, kinship parents, adoptive parents, residential and group care staff. The theme of the day presented by culturally informed medical experts, is the mental wellness of children/youth in care and the use of psychotropic medications considering issues such as the child’s emotional, medical and cultural needs. Youth themselves and representatives from the Office of the Children’s Advocate presented. The day ended with a panel discussion. Presenters: Dr. Wanda Polzin; Clinical Director at CASA in Edmonton, AB Dr. Lana Potts; Family Physician Siksika Family Clinic and Jeffery Cheng and Sheena Stevens; CYS Mental Health Nurses.


Welcome & Introductions Mental Wellness for Children and Youth in Care: Support for the Caregiver Edmonton January 25, 2017

Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Randy Baker, Lee Bowers & Adreana Brochu OCYA Representatives & Youth

Panel Discussion

The Importance of Caring for the Care Giver Dr. Wanda Polzin, MA, RSW, EdD Clinical Director – CASA

Understanding Psychotropic Medications for Children in Care Jeffrey Cheng /Sheena Stevens Nurse Consultants – CASA

Who We Are First Nations People in Alberta Dr. Lana Potts Family Physician

Celebrating and Supporting Diversity Presented by David Rust

Drugs 101 Jennie McLester

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Because of the good work done by the Psychotropic Medication Committee who developed the “Pathways to Better Mental Health” resource, the same individuals were asked to participate on the MHFA symposium/ training committee. The committee members representing foster parents ALIGN, Ministry of Human Services, agencies, CASA, and the AFPA met on June 20, and August 11 and Sept 15 to discuss the symposium development and other training that will be helpful to support caregivers in the mental health area. “Caregiver” encompasses agency and department foster parents, kinship parents, adoptive parents, residential and group care staff.
The main theme of the symposium will be the mental wellness of youth in care, the use of psychotropic medications and how caregivers can become more knowledgeable in supporting these youths. We plan to have medical expertise as well as culturally informed individuals presenting. Representatives from the OCYA have agreed to present and this will include hearing from youths who are or who have experienced treatment with psychotropic medications. The presentation will include what worked, what didn’t work and what could caregivers do differently to support the youth better.

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The Family Finding Model developed by Kevin A. Campbell is an evidence-based six-step model that responds to those involved in the child welfare system with the same urgency as the Red Cross during crisis, using the philosophy of Article 26 of the Geneva Convention -“The Right to Know”. Evidence shows that workers trained in Family Finding get results for the children in their care. Research on a variety of Family Finding projects has demonstrated that Family Finding works to significantly increase the number of relatives and other important known adult connections for children in care and leads to an average of five to eight offers of help from these adults (

ALIGN Videos of Family Finding Presentations

Welcome & Opening Prayer

Kim Spicer – 6 CIPF Principles
Kevin Campbell Part 1

Kevin Campbell Part 2

Kevin Campbell Part 3

Kevin Campbell Part 4

Political Forum January 2015
Video – View the discussion of the AASCF Political Forum January 2015 The intent was to hold a forum where interested Albertan’s can hear political leaders speak to their views on social policy and how people are cared for in Alberta.

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Thinking about the way we think. Practice Framework Development Assessments Chris Boyle 2013

Additional Resource Shared by Chris Boyle

CommSync Chris Boyle 2013
Implementation will need to be a phased process, undertaken by a team of professional staff committed to the philosophy of family preservation who have abilities, knowledge and skills in practice, leadership and management…

I M A G I N E An exploration of the effective use of intensive family support services
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia Report(United Kingdom, Denmark, United States of America, Canada)

Reconstructing Group and Residential Care – The Discussion
Residential treatment has been used as the consequence of ‘cascading failure’, rather than a service or intervention at the right time in order to achieve successful outcomes. Need to rethink how we conceptualize group and residential care from a ‘placement’ to a ‘service’…

Reconstructing GroupResidential Care in Alberta A discussion paper version 2  by Rhonda Barraclough 2013
As part of an effort to examine and evaluate the group/ residential care outcomes for youth in Alberta service providers from around the province have participated in a discussion session at the request of the Alberta Association of Services for Children and Families (AASCF). This paper is a recording of those discussions and is intended to be a starter for further discussion with the Ministry of Human Services.

The Ecology for Inter-Agency Collaboration Mark Cabaj 2012 
A follow-up/continuation of the ideas presented at the very popular and well-attended Learning Our Way Symposium session, Collaborative Practice.

Videos Presentations including main speaker Dr. DeGagné on his work and what has been learned from Aboriginal Healing Foundation projects in communities across Canada followed by small group conversations about questions that link back to leverage points, strategies, policy, and service delivery for Aboriginal Albertans

Dr. William Bell’s Presentation -Consolidated Notes 2012
There are multiple decision makers/stakeholders: federal government, provincial government,
tribal government, contracted agencies, other ministries (health, education, justice) and
community players that need to be included in the discussions and conversations, as to how to best achieve the desired outcomes of young people becoming successful adults. Dr. William Bell discusses how improve the work being done directly with families and children and what the next steps are.

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