Alberta

In Alberta, the Ministry of Human Services oversees the delivery of child intervention services provided by 8 regional Child and Family Service Authorities (CFSAs), one of which is a Métis Authority, under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act (CYFEA). Seventeen Delegated First Nations Authorities (DFNAs) also provide services under CYFEA through agreements between the First Nations, the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta. The Child and Family Services Authorities Act (2000), regulated in 2004, was the result of a series of policy initiatives designed to increase services to families before they reach crisis, establish permanent homes more quickly for children in government care and strengthen the involvement of First Nation, Métis and other Aboriginal communities in planning for their children. A key feature of the reform was the implementation of the Alberta Response Model (ARM), a differential response system with two legislated streams of activity: family enhancement services and protection services. For more information, please see the information sheet on Alberta's child welfare system.

Alberta - Statistics

Child Maltreatment Investigations in Alberta, 2003* and 2008**

  2003 2008
Child population 752,005 775,175
Number of child maltreatment investigations 32,453 27,147
Incidence of child maltreatment investigations per 1000 children 43.16 35.02

Type of Child Maltreatment Investigation in Alberta, 2008**

  Number Rate per 1,000 children Percent
Maltreatment Investigation 22,761 35.02 84%
Risk Investigation 4,386 5.66 16%

Categories of Substantiated Child Maltreatment Investigations in Alberta, 2008**

Category of Maltreatment Number Rate per 1,000 children Percent
Physical Abuse 1,933 2.49 13%
Sexual Abuse 285 0.37 2%
Neglect 5,328 6.87 37%
Emotional Maltreatment 1,974 2.55 14%
Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence 4,883 6.30 34%

Placement in Child Maltreatment Investigations in Alberta, 2003 and 2008**

  2003 Number 2003 Rate 2008 Number 2008 Rate
No Placement 28,294 37.62 23,625 30.48
Informal Kinship Care 1,923 2.56 1,139 1.47
Formal Placement 2,230 2.97 2,383 3.08

 

* MacLaurin, B., Trocmé, N., Fallon, B., McCormack, M., Pitman, L., Forest, N., Banks, J., Shangreaux, C., & Perrault, E. (2005) Alberta Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (AIS-2003): Major Findings. Calgary, AB: University of Calgary. Retrieved from http://cwrp.ca/publications/884

** MacLaurin, B., Trocmé, N., Fallon, B., Sinha, V., Feehan, R., Enns, R., Gail, J., Kitt, O., Thomas‑Prokop, S., Zelt, C., Daoust, G., Hutcheon, E., & Budgell, D. (2013). Alberta Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2008 (AIS-2008): Major Findings. Calgary, AB: University of Calgary. Retrieved from http://cwrp.ca/publications/2758

§ Child welfare services fall under the jurisdiction of provincial and territorial authorities, making it difficult to compile statistics at the national level. The most notable variations between provinces include mandate variation by jurisdiction with respect to the age to which children are eligible for services, differences in the length of time a child can receive out-of-home care and the definition of out-of-home care.

Title Authors Yearsort icon Type
A preliminary analysis of mortalities in the child intervention system in Alberta

Alberta Centre for Child, Family, and Community Research

2014 Report
Alberta's child welfare system

Kyte, Alicia
Wegner-Lohin, Jaime

2014 Information sheet
Where Do We Go from Here? Youth Aging Out of Care Special Report

Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (Alberta)

2013 Report
CYDL Data Byte 1: Socio-economic Status of Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013 Report
CYDL Data Byte 2: Socio-economic Status of Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013 Report
CYDL Data Byte 3: Mental Health Status of Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013 Report
CYDL Data Byte 4: Physician Visits by Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013 Report
CYDL Data Byte 5: Income Support among Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013 Report
CYDL Data Byte 6: Least and Most Advantaged Albertans

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013 Report
CYDL Data Byte 7: Hospitalizations of Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013 Report
Last Namesort icon First Name Organization Province/Territory
Badry Dorothy University of Calgary Alberta
Bastien Betty University of Calgary Alberta
Blackadar Robyn Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (ACCFCR) Alberta
Bukutu Cecilia Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (ACCFCR) Alberta
Cankaya Ozlem Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (ACCFCR) Alberta
Cui Xinjie Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (ACCFCR) Alberta
Hodgins David C. University of Calgary Alberta
Kreitzer Linda University of Calgary Alberta
Lafrance Jean University of Calgary Alberta
Lalumière Martin University of Lethbridge Alberta
Lamba Jo Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (ACCFCR) Alberta
MacLaurin Bruce University of Calgary Alberta
Nixon Kendra University of Manitoba Alberta
Shopflocher Donald P. University of Alberta Alberta
Strohschein Lisa University of Alberta Alberta
Tutty Leslie M. University of Calgary Alberta
Twilley Leslie Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (ACCFCR) Alberta
Urichuk Liana University of Alberta Alberta
Walsh Christine A. University of Calgary Alberta
Werk Christine Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (ACCFCR) Alberta