In the 1960s, there was a strongly felt need for Alberta Foster Parents to band together into Associations to:
- support Foster Parents in struggles with often difficult situations.
- better opportunities to children in care including special activities
- create a sense of ‘family’ for Foster Parents
- provide a centralized voice with the provincial government
Edmonton led the way in forming their Association in 1967.
Calgary followed a year later with the formation of the Calgary and District Foster Parents Association (CFPA) in 1968.
In 2018, the CFPA will celebrate 50 years of aiding and assisting Foster Parents, organizing events for children in care and being a voice to various levels of the Provincial Government.
The Alberta Foster Parent Association was formed in 1975 as an umbrella organization to represent not only foster parents in Calgary and Edmonton but other areas of the Province. The CFPA continues to show strong support to the Alberta Foster Parent Association.
Over the years, the CFPA has continued to promote and honor the valuable work of foster parents in the Calgary Area. We do this through our participation in the National Foster Parents Awareness week every October. Key activities for this week in Calgary include.
- Flag raising for foster parents at City Hall. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi participated with us in 2015
- An awards banquet recognizing:
- Foster Family of the Year
- Child and Family Worker of the Year
- Kinship Family of the Year
- Mentor Recognition Award recipient
- Long serving Foster Parents
The Calgary Foster Parents Association is proud of a long history of helping Foster Parents and Children in Care. As we reach our 50th year of service, we welcome new generations of leadership to continue this role.