As part of an effort to examine and evaluate the group/ residential care1 outcomes for youth in Alberta service providers2 from around the province have participated in a discussion session at the request of the Alberta Association of Services for Children and Families (AASCF). Two similar sessions have been held, one in January 2013, and a larger consultation group in June 2013. The purpose of both discussions was to:
Discuss current strategies that are working well with youth in group/residential care;
Begin a process to work with the Ministry on reconstructing group/residential care to improve outcomes for youth in care; and
Imagine a better system of care
This paper is a recording of those discussions and is intended to be a starter for further discussion with the Ministry of Human Services.