It is a program we offer to give support to Treaty 8 families that have special needs or high medical needs children. We know that raising children is tough, and can be even harder when children have special needs. The extra care and attention can put a strain on even the most dedicated parents.
As well our program also covers Grandparents or extended family members who are raising other extended family members children in order to prevent the child from entering children’s services.
To fill this need we have created the Caregiver Relief Program, where we will cover a Caregiver that you choose, who can assist your family by providing support, assistance, or sometimes even just a much needed break.
It can be anyone you choose, but someone you trust to look after your child, your kôhkom, aunt, family friend.
Services from the Caregivers can include:
We provide financial aid to the Caregivers so the parents/guardians can take a break to do self-care, self-care can be:
Special needs can range from:
*If you are unsure if you qualify we are happy to discuss your situation with you.
“What a wonderful program Treaty 8 has developed for it’s members!”
“(That) we have the option to choose our own caregiver.”
“It benefits financially; get to spend money on other activities instead of child care all the time.”
“As a mother with a special needs child it’s very overwhelming emotionally and physically; having time to myself and get things done is fantastic.”
We will definitely consider your case, please contact our Caregiver Relief Program to discuss.
Psychological assessments can be costly and take a long time to complete. We don’t want anything to be a barrier to getting the support you need for your family. That is why we work with a Registered Psychologist who is First Nations herself.
We ensure there is no extra financial burden on the parents/guardians by covering the costs of the assessment.
You will receive a detailed assessment report about your child and we can work together as a team to develop strategies and techniques for your individual child’s needs.
Accessing our program has direct benefits for the parents/guardians in the form of:
Note: We are working on increasing the hours of our program to 20 hours per week and having one weekend per month. We will keep our clients posted on any changes as we develop them.
Don’t worry, please just contact us at the contact page and we can discuss your family and their needs. We can let you know if you qualify.
Unfortunately, our program is very new and we don’t yet have the resources to find caregiver’s in each community. It is something we are looking at in the future.
Those were just examples, as long as you have medical documentation or assessments we can help. If you are still unsure please contact us and we can discuss your case.
Yes! We work with a Registered Psychologist and she can conduct an assessment with your child at no cost to you.
Unfortunately, our programs are only accessible to members of Alberta Treaty 8 communities.
Absolutely, if you are a member of Treaty 8 and you live off reserve, you can still access our program.
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