The provincial government in Alberta has come up with what it says is a more efficient way to help vulnerable children. There are a number of important children’s issues in the province and the Government of Alberta is instituting a funding model for Child Advocacy Centres. The Minister of Children’s Services recently announced that $3.4 million every year, beginning this year and into 2023, has been earmarked for these centres in Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lloydminster and Red Deer.
Funding will also be available for Lethbridge and Medicine Hat if centres open there. These centres — which support children and families who have been affected by abuse — not only receive government funds, but are also funded by not-for-profit organizations and through private donations. This new provincial funding model, however, won’t be as kind to the centre in Calgary, which received $1.9 million dollars last year, but will receive $1.3 million each year over the next three years. Funding for other centres will increase with the Edmonton Centre set to get more than $1 million a year — up from $712,000.
It’s not that the province has injected increased funds into these centres, but has reworked the way funds are distributed. This funding model, the province says, is more equitable and consistent. The Minister of Children’s Services says the reworked funding model is more fair and provides more certainty for families looking for the supports they need.
Many children’s issues in Alberta enmesh with the law. When a child’s best interests are at stake, it might be wise to obtain the advice of a lawyer experienced with the laws that speak to children. A lawyer may be able to help a client whose family is in crisis.