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We believe children and youth are best cared for in a family environment when they are not able to live with birth family or kin. We are committed to working as a team and strive to ensure that our families have a healthy, positive and supported fostering experience.
We continue to respond to the changing landscape of child intervention and work to meet the ongoing demand for out of home placement. Providing supportive and responsive service delivery is our priority and maintain that our caregivers are our greatest resource.
We constantly strive to recruit caregivers who have a diversity of experience and backgrounds and are committed, flexible and child focused. We work with families who are an active part of the community and are dedicated to developing their skills and abilities.
Our service holds an immerse responsibility in being a positive, safe, stable and supportive aspect in the lives of the families, children and youth we work with.
The children, youth and families are unique and respect for individual differences and life experience is paramount. Honoring one’s race, culture and community is imperative in our work.
We recognize the importance of listening to and empowering those we work with. We have a sound reputation in our work with diverse children, youth and families and are open to working with a multitude of cultural communities including aboriginal, new immigrants and LGBTQ people.
Vision, Foundation & Mission
Values & Beliefs
Our perspective is that foster care is not a permanent solution for child and youth.
The goal is to assist in the child’s permanency whether that is a return to birth family, adoption or kinship care.
Foster parents are our GREATEST resource.
A strong & positive sense of culture is essential to child identity. Access to a broad range of support is vital to foster family wellness.
Children and youth are supported in secure and caring family and community environments to develop competencies and make contributions to family and community life.
We have a responsibility for fostering the physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and cultural development of children / youth.
We strive to develop and deliver culturally relevant and innovative programs and services that are responsive and responsible to Aboriginal children, youth and families.
We have a responsibility to supporting caregivers, and in turn caregivers have a commitment to Mountain Plains to adhere to Agency practices and beliefs.
We value the intricate and dynamic relationship that exists between the agency, caregivers and families and strive to support all parties.
We approach our work from a strength-based perspective, recognizing individual skill, contribution and relationships.
We celebrate diversity and recognize it enriches our community, work and performance.
We are respectful of all children / youth and all those involved in their lives.
We value family and its vital role in our work.
We are part of the community and willingly exchange learning and best practice with others.
The application/approval process involved the completion of mandatory training, submitting numerous required forms and an in-depth home assessment being written.
Each applicant must complete the Orientation to Caregiver Training. This is an 8-session course (24 hrs.). This course is designed to introduce applicants to the foster care system and to the child, youth and families within it.
Mountain Plains will support you throughout the application process. There are numerous mandatory forms and checks to be submitted. They include the following:
Criminal Record Check
Intervention Record Check
Medical & Personal References
Several other agency forms
If approved your home must pass a provincial licensing safety check.
Once the application and homestudy are completed a decision in regards to your approval is made. You will be informed verbally and in writing of the decision.
The process takes 3-6 months to complete.
Call Mountain Plains Office or visit our website to find out more about the process
Our recruitment person will arrange to meet you.
Our recruitment person will arrange to meet you.
Once training is completed your suitability to become a caregiver will be evaluated and a home assessment will be completed.
Other forms and assessment tools are required. You will be informed in writing of your approval or non-approval.
Once licensed, Mountain Plains will match a placement to your abilities, skills and experience.
Serving Edmonton and Area since 1991, Mountain Plains is a foster care agency that supports, trains and advocates for children, youth and families involved with the Child Intervention system.
Mountain Plains works to have children and youth return to family, kin or transition to a permanent family. The agency is committed to professionalism, advocacy and support.
Our Board works within a governance model and therefore opportunity to work directly with the children, youth and families we serve is not a focus.
The Board is currently recruiting members with a range of experiences and a recognition that life experience, education and a willingness to learn comes in many forms and can all serve our organization well.
Board meeting: once per month 5:30pm-7:30pm, required 8 times
Regular attendance and participation is important.
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