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 Year Typesort icon
Alberta's child welfare system

Gough, Pamela

2006 Information sheet
Kinship care

Gough, Pamela

2006 Information sheet
Supporting healthy attachment: An overview for child welfare practitioners

Pamela Gough
Alberta Children’s Services Workforce Development

2007 Information sheet
Alberta incidence study of reported child abuse and neglect (AIS-2003): Service dispositions for substantiated child maltreatment

MacLaurin, Bruce
Trocmé, Nico
Fallon, Barbara
Pitman, Lisa
McCormack, Megan

2008 Information sheet
Alberta incidence study of reported child abuse and neglect (AIS-2003): Rates of child maltreatment

MacLaurin, Bruce
Trocmé, Nico
Fallon, Barbara
McCormack, Megan
Pitman, Lisa

2008 Information sheet
First Nations Child Welfare in Alberta

Kozlowski, Anna
Sinha, Vandna
McHugh, Randy

2012 Information sheet
Alberta's child welfare system

Kyte, Alicia
Wegner-Lohin, Jaime

2014 Information sheet
Outcome Evaluation of The Fast Track Program

Shuang, Sunny

2006 Report
Leadership Development Forums in Aboriginal Child Welfare: Making our Hearts Sing in Alberta

Lafrance, Jean
Bastien, Betty
Bodor, Ralph
Ayala, Jessica

2006 Report
Alberta Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2003 (AIS-2003): Major Findings

MacLaurin, Bruce
Trocmé, Nico
Fallon, Barbara
McCormack, Megan
Pitman, Lisa
Forest, Nathalie
Banks, Jennifer
Shangreaux, Corbin
Perrault, Ellen

2005 Report
Last Name First Name Organization Province/Territory
Lafrance Jean University of Calgary Alberta
Nixon Kendra University of Manitoba Alberta
Urichuk Liana University of Alberta Alberta
Walsh Christine A. University of Calgary Alberta
Strohschein Lisa University of Alberta Alberta
Tutty Leslie M. University of Calgary Alberta
MacLaurin Bruce University of Calgary Alberta
Bastien Betty University of Calgary Alberta
Badry Dorothy University of Calgary Alberta
Lalumière Martin Unviersity of Ottawa Alberta
Hodgins David C. University of Calgary Alberta
Schopflocher Donald P. University of Alberta Alberta
Kreitzer Linda University of Calgary Alberta
Bukutu Cecilia Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (ACCFCR) Alberta
Werk Christine Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (ACCFCR) Alberta
Twilley Leslie Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (ACCFCR) Alberta
Lamba Jo Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (ACCFCR) Alberta
Cui Xinjie Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (ACCFCR) Alberta
Blackadar Robyn Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (ACCFCR) Alberta
Cankaya Ozlem Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (ACCFCR) Alberta