ALIGN Engagement/Correspondence Re: Child Review Panel

Also see Alberta Government Information, Updates, and Communications or visit our main Child Review Panel Index


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

Update March 5, 2019

Special Policy Release to ALIGN regarding Enhancement Policy Manual and Bill 22 Changes March 5, 2019

Update January 7, 2019
AHS Free Caregiver Education Series Edmonton Zone

Update December 12, 2018
ALIGN ED Update Dec 2018(FCS, Bill 30, PDD)
Update: ALIGN Meets with Minister Larivee at the Legislature Re: Sector Financial Issues Dec 12, 2018
OHS Staff Safety Initiative Update December 12, 2018

Update November 19, 2018

Message to ALIGN from Deputy Minister Bouwsema Re Basic Maintenance Allowance Increase May 19, 2018

Update October 17, 2018


Practice Strategies for Lifelong Connections
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…

4 Areas of Connection
Through consultation with stakeholders, 4 key areas where strong relationships are critical were identified. They describe how strong lasting relationships support overall well-being and safety of children and youth.  These key areas focus on the importance of human relationships within a family and community context and guide creating and maintaining meaningful connections for children and youth to people who love them unconditionally. The 4 areas of connection expand our understanding of permanency for the children, youth and families we all work with, moving the focus beyond just legal permanence. These connections are established and maintained through collaboration, critical thinking and intentional planning for children and youth.

Frequently asked Questions: Practice Strategies for Lifelong Connections – Caregivers

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…

Signs of Safety®An Overview for Alberta
Signs of Safety is an approach to Child Intervention that was developed by Child Intervention staff to enhance child safety and uses professional social work concepts such as strengths-based and solution-focused methods and integrates them with the family’s expertise and cultural knowledge. It encourages a balanced and rigorous exploration of danger or harm as well as indicators of safety and focuses on risk assessment and safety planning...


Update October 2018
Message from the Minister of Children’s Services A Stronger, Safer Tomorrow Action Plan and Upcoming Initiatives October 11, 2018

Update June 2018

Correspondence from CA Minister Danielle Larivee to ALIGN ED June 28, 2018

Public Action A Stronger, Safer Tomorrow Addresses the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention’s Recommendations

Today, our government released a public action plan that will help protect children and support families. You can read our news release online.

 A Stronger, Safer Tomorrow highlights 39 actions – including 16 this fiscal year – the Alberta government is taking to improve services for Indigenous families, increase supports for children, youth and caregivers, and address the funding gap on reserve.

This public action plan was developed with Indigenous leaders and communities, as well as front-line partners who work directly with vulnerable or at-risk children and youth. I would like to thank all who participated for their passion and dedication to improving the safety and well-being of children, youth and families in this province.

Our government is taking immediate action. By March 31, 2019, we will have implemented 16 actions to address urgent needs and lay the foundation for important changes to follow. These include new funding for youth suicide prevention programs and Indigenous-led early intervention and prevention services. We will also fully implement Jordan’s Principle and pilot a new assessment tool for kinship caregivers.

Short-term actions, to be completed by 2020, target specific services and supports to improve the wellbeing of Indigenous communities and peoples. Long-term actions involve work with Indigenous partners to develop local solutions and more responsive, integrated services by 2022. This supports our work to hold the federal government accountable, which will be essential to creating significant, lasting change.

This public action plan addresses all the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention’s final recommendations, and is a decisive step forward for Alberta.

It is our roadmap to a province where all children and youth are supported to reach their full potential, where all Indigenous families can access the supports they need in ways that are reflective and respectful of their culture, and where all Indigenous peoples can access the same levels of support, on- or off-reserve.

Our government will continue to work together with Indigenous leaders and communities, as well as other partners, to implement this public action plan. More information will be shared with you soon through your regular communications channels and updates will be posted at

I am committed to reconciliation and to working with Indigenous partners and child intervention stakeholders to make meaningful, lasting changes to the child intervention system. I look forward to working with you to help create a stronger, safer tomorrow for children, youth and families across Alberta.

Sincerely, Danielle Larivee,

Time Sensitive: 1 Meeting Remaining  Posted May 24, 2018

We have been invited to provide feedback to the revisions and update of the Prevention and Early Intervention Framework in both Calgary and Edmonton May 2018.

Calgary -May 29, 2018
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Hull Services
2266 Woodpark Avenue SW,Calgary
Registration Link

ALIGN held several meetings to discuss CI Ministerial Panel Recommendation #7,9,11
Calgary May 7, 2018 and Edmonton May 8,2018

These session gathered feedback for the following recommendations:
#7. Work with Indigenous communities historic trauma healing services, which include access to ceremony and cultural healing.

#9. Mental health and addiction services culturally appropriate, accessible services for children, youth and families in the child intervention system, with a focus on expanding access (including for Albertans living in remote communities, rural areas, on- and off-reserve) to preventative mental health and addictions services and treatment, including secure services. The Government of Alberta should prioritize implementation of recommendations of the Valuing Mental Health report to improve services for children and families before, during and after their involvement in the child intervention system.

#11.Improve transitional supports for youth in care to adult supports,ans post secondary opportunities that will help them succeed in life. this would expand supports already in place.

Nicole McFadyen ALIGN –

Invitation from Darlene Bouwsema Deputy Minister Children’s Services  to Community Engagement Meetings on Public Action Plan Regarding the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention Recommendations

In March 2018, the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention (MPCI) delivered 26 strong, consensus-based recommendations to strengthen the child intervention system. Government is taking action on the Panel recommendations to improve supports for vulnerable children and families. The panel recommended that Children’s Services engage with Indigenous people and other stakeholders as a part of co-creating a public action plan and reviewing the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act (CYFEA). This is one of many steps to implement the recommendations alongside Indigenous families, communities and leaders, and other vested partners. Engagement will produce a detailed, measurable public action plan by June 30, 2018.

I would like to invite you, or a representative from your organization, to participate in the Community Engagement Meetings. Four sessions will be held across the province:

Calgary April 25, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre 1316 – 33 Street NE

Lethbridge April 26, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sandman Hotel Lethbridge 421 Mayor Magrath Drive S

Edmonton April 30, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Coast Edmonton Plaza 10155 – 105 Street

Grande Prairie May 8, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pomeroy Hotel 11633 – 100 Street

Each session will have discussion tables focusing on the following themes:

  1. Reconciliation
    Recommendations 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 23
  2. Support Families and Communities
    Recommendations 8, 9 and 10
  3. Sustain Cultural Connections
    Recommendations 11, 12 and 13
  4. Utilize the Strengths of Family Systems and Kinship Care Recommendations 14, 15, 16 and 17
  5. Support a Strong, Stable Workforce
    Recommendations 18, 19 and 22
  6. Combatting Discriminatory Mindsets
    Recommendation 20
  7. The Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act Review
    Recommendation 21
  8. Knowledge Mobilization – Research and Data
    Recommendations 24, 25 and 26

Please register online and select your preferred location and theme. If you have any questions, please email Aimee Caster, Engagement Specialist at

Sincerely, Darlene Bouwsema Deputy Minister
Children’s Services, Government of Alberta T. 780-918-0079.

Letter from Danielle Larivee Minister March 2018

Dear Ms. Barraclough:

The Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention has delivered its final recommendations to help strengthen our Child Intervention system and improve the lives of children, youth and families across Alberta.
Over the past year, the Panel engaged in an unprecedented open, transparent engagement with stakeholders, families, communities, and Indigenous peoples.

Thank you for presenting to the Panel on behalf of ALIGN on June 14 and 15, 2017. Your input helped shape the Panel’s final recommendations, including those focused on reconciliation, sustaining cultural connections and better supporting families and communities. In doing so, you have helped create a brighter future for children and youth receiving Child Intervention services.

I look forward to reviewing these strong, consensus-based recommendations, which are available online at

Our government will continue working with families and communities, valued partners like ALIGN, and most importantly with First Nations and other Indigenous peoples to co-create a public action plan that puts these recommendations into practice. This plan will be released in June.
Thank you again for presenting to the Panel and helping support vulnerable children and families across Alberta.

Danielle Larivee


To ALIGN On Behalf Of Rae-Ann Lajeunesse Alberta Government sent to ALIGN December 15, 2017

You may be aware that, as of December 11, Russ Pickford changed roles from Executive Director – Child Intervention North to become the Executive Director for Regional and Community Program Delivery, within our ministry’s Family and Community Resiliency (FCR) Division.  Fortunately, we’ll still be working with him in his new role within the FCR Division.This change has created an opportunity to review and realign the leadership structure for Child Intervention regional delivery.  We will be moving  forward on some changes to our leadership structure.  Effective Monday, December 18,  Jon Reeves will be the Executive Director of Child Intervention Services, overseeing child intervention service delivery across the province.  Jon believes Alberta is on the leading edge of service delivery and is focused on continuing to improve child intervention practice in Alberta.  I know Jon is looking forward to continuing to work with you to improve the lives of children and families in Alberta.With these changes, Jon will be filling the Regional Director positions in Edmonton and Calgary on an interim basis.  These positions should be filled by Friday, December 22.


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 1 – May 1, 2017
ALIGN Edmonton Chapter Submission 2 – “How do we build a society that prevents problems from occurring rather than one that copes with the consequences?” ‘June 15, 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

Previous ALIGN Review Panel Correspondence

ALIGN Response to Budget March 19, 2017
No increases or fore-casted increases. In Children’s Services most increases went to growth caseload areas; financial and support agreements and advancing futures bursary funds.  The 60 FTE’s announced are to be put into the system in these growth areas.  Exactly where is still to be determined. Senior staff are optimistic that funds will come with future recommendations made by the Child Intervention Review Panel….

ALIGN Request for Agency Participation on Review Panel Dec. 2016

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