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Children and Youth Receiving Child Intervention Services by Type of Care with a Breakdown by Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal


This Alberta Official Statistic provides an overview of the number of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children and youth receiving Child Intervention services by Type of Care. Child intervention services are focused on the well-being of children, supporting families to be healthy, and ensuring children grow up in safe and nurturing homes. When parents are unable or unwilling to ensure the well-being of their children, especially if there is reason to believe a child is being neglected or abused (physically, sexually, or emotionally), the case is investigated by Human Services. The data shows the average monthly number of children and youth in the province who are receiving child intervention services. More specifically, it shows the number in temporary care, permanent care and receiving services while at home (not in care) with historical information dating back to 2008/09. There is a further breakdown of the information into the number of Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal children receiving intervention services.

AOS Aboriginal Alberta Official Statistics Children Intervention Non-Aboriginal Not In Care Permanent Care Services Temporary Care Youth

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All data is provided by fiscal year, which runs from April 1 to March 31. According to the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act, a “child” means a person under the age of 18 years. Type of Intervention refers to the type of Child Intervention Legal Authority a child has. A child who is “Not In Care” remains at home with their families for the duration of the service delivery, while allowing Human Services to work closely with their family, supervise their environment and monitor progress in the home. This type of intervention is the least intrusive type of care. Not in Care status can be voluntary or court-ordered. The goal is to preserve the family of origin. Children who are placed outside of their home on a temporary basis are in “Temporary Care” and receive services on a short-term basis. The goal for these children and families is to work on the concerns that brought the family to the attention of the Ministry and stabilize the child in order to return the child to his or her family of origin. The Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act states children can only remain in Temporary Care for a period of 15-18 months, depending on their age. Children who are in “Permanent Care” are placed outside of their home permanently under the care of the Ministry. This is done when it is not in the best interest of the child to return to his or her family. The goal for these children is to find them safe and nurturing homes through adoption and private guardianship or to help them transition to adulthood. Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal refers to whether or not a child self-identifies as Aboriginal: Aboriginal children are those who are Status and Non-Status Indians, Inuit, Métis, as well as those children whose Aboriginal status could not be identified. Non-Aboriginal children are those who have not identified as belonging to one of the Aboriginal groups.


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(780) 427-2071