ALIGN has a reputation for collaborating with government, academia and other professional practice organizations. ALIGN is frequently asked to represent the voices of children, families, and member organizations during policy, practice, and legislative discussions.
ALIGN is a partner of AASP. ALIGN E.D. Rhonda Barraclough and Cathy Mitchell sit on the CSSSI steering committee. Cathy Mitchell also sits on the Info Graph sub committee. (see CSSSI below)
AASP Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP) is Alberta Government approved Certifying Partner and a registered non-profit organization under the Society Act of Alberta. The AASP is a service focused Certifying Partner, providing a practical and reasonable approach to health and safety in the workplace. Through our commitment to our members, and solely through their funding of memberships and course fees, the AASP has grown to be the second largest issuer of Certificates of Recognition (COR and SECOR) in the province. The AASP is also the largest Certifying Partner that serves all industries in Alberta while receiving no government funding.
COMMUNITY SERVICES STAFF SAFETY INITIATIVE (CSSSI)
ACDS, ALIGN, and the Government of Alberta ministries of Children’s Services and Community and Social Services, are pleased to share with our members the resources available through the Community Services Staff
Safety Initiative (CSSSI); an initiative to increase staff safety and reduce harassment and violence in community service workplaces in
ALIGN & ACDS are collaborative partners
The Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS) is a not-for-profit network of Community Disability Services (CDS) sector organizations in Alberta. Our member-driven organization works closely with the Government of Alberta and other partners, to strengthen the CDS sector to benefit Albertans with developmental disabilities.
COMMUNITY SERVICES STAFF SAFETY INITIATIVE (CSSSI)
ACDS, ALIGN, and the Government of Alberta ministries of Children’s Services and Community and Social Services, are pleased to share with our members the resources available through the Community Services Staff Safety Initiative (CSSSI); an initiative to increase staff safety and reduce harassment and violence in community service workplaces in Alberta.
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.
ACDS #QualityCDS Campaign
ACDS has initiated: a social media campaign promoting key facts about
community disability services, as well as celebrating and promoting the
resilience and innovation in the sector, organizations, and staff,
during the pandemic. The #QualityCDS campaign was recently launched; and
a statement from ACDS CEO, Andrea Hesse with details about the history
and current facts has been released.
CANDIDATE BREAKFASTS Spring 2019 ALIGN & ACDS invited candidates to join us in both Calgary and Edmonton. This free event was intended for Executive Directors and Board Chairs. As part of the agenda for ALIGN spoke to the challenges our sector faces in sustainable funding, ensuring we keep services in our local communities, and continuing with the public action for a stronger safer child intervention system and developing a new disabilities strategy
Alberta Council assists clients with their advocacy efforts and with building their capacity through their experienced team of government relations professionals.
Alberta Counsel The News Explains Why ALIGN Association of Community Services Deserves Sustainable Funding
In this edition’s feature column, Tim Gerwing looks at the implications of Thursday’s televised leaders’ debate. On Page 4, Zach Ziolkowski explains why the ALIGN Association of Community Services deserves sustainable funding from government. In our Key Influencer section, we look at the career of the newly-elected Alberta Teachers’ Association President Jason Schilling. On Page 6, we ask the question: what is a sign war? And of course, as always, we keep you informed about recent political news on our At a Glance page and feature some key political events with our Events Calendar. Please click here to access the latest edition.
AFKA is part of the ALIGN foster care table and we often sit on GOA committees with them as well as AMP mentoring YIC advisory committee.
The Alberta Foster and Kinship Association is a non profit, charitable organization, which provides support to foster and kinship families, advocates for the rights of children, provides and arranges for training and social gatherings, educates the public about foster and kinship care, and serves as a liaison between foster and kinship families and Alberta Children’s Services. Alberta Foster and Kinship Association (AFKA) No Cost Membership for ALL licensed or approved foster and kinship caregiver valid until Dec 2021
This Tip Sheet that has been developed by a committee representing provincial Children Services , AFKA and ALIGN.
The Role of Caregivers in Assessing and Managing Risk Related to Opioid Use – A Tip Sheet Questions can be directed to [email protected]
See Additional or Related Opioid Information
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Transitioning From Care Revised Version 2016
Jeff Solberg in collaboration with AASCF and AFPA. Developed to improves outcomes for youth in care and their caregiver
Pathways to Mental Health Making Every Step Count for Children in Care – AASCF(ALIGN) and AFPA (AFKA) 2016
Pathways to Mental Health Making Every Step Count for Children in Care When someone we care for experiences mental health concerns we naturally want to ensure that he or she receives the best care available, as soon as possible. However, most parents have little experience navigating the ins-and-outs of the mental health system. Unfortunately, the steep learning curve can end up costing valuable time, delaying treatment and adding to the grief, pain, and suffering for both the child and the family around him. Using this guide can help you avoid delays
ALIGN – Member of the AMP Children and Youth in Care Advisory Committee.
The Alberta Mentoring Partnership (AMP) is a network of community mentoring agencies, government and youth working together to raise the profile of mentoring in Alberta. We exist to help schools and mentoring agencies meet the needs of the children and youth they serve.
By providing access to mentoring resources and toolkits, training materials, and research, AMP builds the capacity of school and agency partners to deliver great mentorship programming.
ALIGN is a member of Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations.
CCVO (Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations) is a member-based charitable organization that was established in 2004 to strengthen Calgary’s vibrant nonprofit/voluntary sector, and address sector-related public policy issues in Alberta.
ALIGN E.D. Rhonda Barraclough sits on the CIAFV Leadership Team..
Community Initiatives Against Family Violence
Through innovative strategies, CIAFV supports the creation of a collaborative, coordinated, diverse, community response to family violence, strengthening our community’s capacity to take constructive action against family violence.
The purpose of the Action Plan is to ensure that everyone involved in mental health and addiction in Edmonton and Area has the opportunity to maximize collective resources, leverage opportunities to respond to existing gaps, foster innovative approaches and identify a continuum of integrated supports and services.
Download the Community Mental Health Action Plan:
For social-based organizations, information sharing is central to effective planning, policy development and service delivery. By working together, service providers can more effectively plan and serve Albertans by sharing appropriate personal and health information
ALIGN is a member of the Child Welfare League of Canada Rhonda Barraclough ALIGN Executive Director, is Chair for the Executive Committee and Indigenous Child and Family Committee Member.
Child Welfare League of Canada Established in 1994, CWLC is a national, membership-based charitable organization dedicated to promoting the safety and well-being of young people and their families, especially those who are vulnerable and marginalized. We advocate for and promote legislation, policy, research, programs, and services that address the underlying causes of precarity and trauma. We convene leaders, organizations, researchers, governments, and people with lived experience to learn and improve our practices.
ALIGN participation in CYCAA Certification Committee and the Mental Health Services Protection Act Committee
CIAFV- Community Initiatives Against Family Violence – Leadership Team
ALIGN is a member of the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
The Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations helps organizations build and sustain their volunteer programs and services through resources, networking, and skill development opportunities.
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
Family Finding – Caregivers
Family Finding is an approach that seeks to build and maintain a natural support network for children and youth disconnected from their home and community. It helps children and youth in care connect or reconnect with, create, and maintain relationships with adults who are important to them. These people can include parents or guardians, siblings, past caregivers, extended family members, adult siblings from previous placements, teachers, daycare providers, or anyone else they
have had significant relationships with in the past. These relationships are important for children’s well-being, allowing them to
know who their family is and where they come from, to know their cultural or religious heritage, and to establish supportive connections into their adulthood…
Practice Strategies for Lifelong Connections PS4LLC
The integration of the original 6 Practice Strategies and the philosophy and 4 strategies of Lifelong Connections has resulted in principle based practice approach called Practice Strategies for Lifelong Connections. This approach incorporates the philosophy of lifelong connections, including the 4 areas of connection, tools, and prompts that promote critical thinking about decision making and a focus on connections; creating a consistent spectrum wide approach to safety, well-being and connections. Practice Strategies for Lifelong Connections is being implemented province wide with training for all staff
occurring throughout October and November 2018. Policy and form updates
are also underway to embed the philosophy and tools into practice and
reinforce their use.
Practice Strategies for Lifelong Connections – Full Booklet
Practice Strategies for Lifelong Connection – Short Form
The integration of the original 6 Practice Strategies and the philosophy and 4 strategies of Lifelong Connections has resulted in principle-based practice approach called Practice Strategies for Lifelong Connections. The original 6 practice strategies focused on the “front end” of practice, specifically intake, assessment and decisions related to children coming into care. They embed family centered and strengths-based practice early into the assessment process through slowing down and critically thinking through decisions, involving parents as active partners and engaging extended family and natural supports early in the process of safety planning for children and youth…
Practice Strategies for Lifelong Connections pptx
Practice Strategies for Lifelong Connections is a principle-based practice approach under the Child Intervention Practice Framework that includes 10 practice strategies focusing on promoting safety, well-being, and connections, from intake to file closure and supports critical thinking in decision making, creating and maintaining connections, and thoughtful transition planning…
Click Here for a list of training topics offered by Kevin Campbell and/or Family & Children’s Services.
Recommended Resources following ALIGN Family Finding Presentation Edmonton Jan 2018
Center on the Developing Child Harvard University
Toxic Stress Effects on the body
Applying Brain Science to Child Welfare
The Science of Resilience
Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game
Turney K and Wildeman C. Mental and Physical Health of Children in Foster Care. Pediatrics. 2016;138(5): e20161118
Mental and Physical Health of Children in Foster Care November 2016, VOLUME 138 / ISSUE 5
American Academy of Pediatrics
Unique Needs of Children in Kinship Care
Moshe Szyf gives a keynote presentation on behavioral epigenetics during the opening conference of the research group “Genetic and Social Causes of Life Chances
The Body Keeps the Score
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s leading experts on developmental trauma, explains how our long-term health and happiness can be compromised by prior exposure to violence, emotional abuse, and
other forms of traumatic stress.
Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey VIII Keynote Presentation – Terry Cross
Terry Cross – Founder of the National Indian Child Welfare Association now serving as senior advisor. He is the author of Positive Indian Parenting and co-authored Towards a Culturally Competent System of Care,
published by Georgetown University. He has 40 years of experience in child welfare, including 10 years direct practice.
Social and Behavioral Determinants of Toxic Stress
David Williams of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health looks at the social and behavioral factors–including socioeconomic status, race,discrimination, and place–that play a role in triggering toxic stress
for children and adults. He also discusses what effective solutions for reducing toxic stress and improving health
Gabor Mate: Attachment, Disease, and Addiction
Jack Shonkoff Harvard University Leveraging the biology of Adversity to Strengthen the Foundations of Healthy Development
Bruce McEwen Rockefeller University The Brain an Body on Stress
Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Health Across the Life Course—Core Story: The ACE Study
ALIGN is a member of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society
First Nations Child & Family Caring Society provides reconciliation-based public education, research and support to promote the safety and well-being of First Nations children, young people, families and Nations and ensure First Nations children and their families have culturally based and equitable opportunities to grow up safely at home, be healthy, get a good education and be proud of who they are.
The Healthy Workplaces for Helping Professions project aims to help administrators, supervisors, and front-line staff in the human services sector workforce of Alberta to identify, communicate, and mitigate the stress hazards of human-service work. It aims to do so by conducting research into the nature of stress hazards and by providing the government of Alberta, Workers Compensation Board, and accreditation agencies with data needed to allow for informed policy. At the same time, the project aims to increase the capacity of the workforce to respond to stress hazards on the job so that stress claims can be minimized. It will do this with a three-year plan to 1) research stress hazards, 2) mobilize information (training) on how to mitigate stress hazards, and 3) measure the degree of culture change in the workforce. The end result will be a workforce with increased capacity to respond to stress hazards and clear guidelines for government and insurance agencies to address stress hazards.
UofA Workplace Wellness Leadership Series
is designed to empower managers, HR personnel, and OHS professionals to design, create, and lead workplace health and wellness initiatives, while addressing the psychological hazards and elements needed to
Nicole McFadyen (ALIGN) has was invited to sit on the Signs of Safety working group
Signs of Safety Is an innovative strengths-based, safety-organized approach to child protection casework. The model of its approach was created in Western
Australia by Andrew Turnell and Steve Edwards, who worked with over 150
front-line statutory practitioners and based it on what those practitioners know works well with difficult cases. The Signs of Safety
approach has attracted international attention and is being used in jurisdictions in North America, Europe and Australasia
Strengths-Based Child Protection: Firm, Fair, and Friendly by Carolyn Oliver. We are very happy to recommend. Forward by Andrew Turnell: Signs of Safety
ALIGN Participation on SSHRCC Grant Research Project On Trauma Informed Care
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences.
ViA non-profit workplace health and performance association. They support workplace health practitioners and employers to build healthy, high performing work cultures and empower and guide their members with simple, evidence-informed, cost-effective education, resources, consulting and certifications. They advocate for the profound impact well-being has on performance.
ALIGN Videos Building a Healthy, High Performing Work Culture’ with Victoria Grainger, MBA, BPE, PTS, HWL with Wellness Works Canada 2020
Video 4: NCVI
Video 5: Building your Health and Performanc
University of Alberta – Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge
The Wahkohtowin Lodge responds to the expressed needs of Indigenous communities and organizations who want effective strategies to identify, rebuild and develop law and governance structures that resonate within their own legal and governance traditions. Specifically, this resource has a wealth of information and updates on Bill C-92. (Bill C-92: An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, is the first federal legislation on the subject of Indigenous Child and Family Services)
ALIGN hosted BILL C-92 Virtual Workshop 2020 Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge Presentation Materials Bill C-92 -From Compliance to Connection Dr. Hadley Friedland and Koren Lightning-Earle