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NEWS RELEASE October 18, 2004

New legislation enhances support for children, youth and families

Edmonton, Alberta... On Nov. 1, the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act comes into force in Alberta. This new act supports the development and well-being of Alberta's children, youth and families while keeping them safe and protected.

The legislation increases services to families before they reach crisis, Read More ..ickly establishes permanent homes for children in government care and strengthens the involvement of First Nations, Metis and other aboriginal communities in planning for their children.

"The Enhancement Act was the result of listening to Albertans and their hopes that each child could be nurtured and grow up to reach their full potential," said Children's Services Minister Iris Evans. "The act provides flexibility in delivering services for families that need extra help, emphasizes the responsibility parents have in caring for their children and recognizes the important role cultural heritage plays in a child's development."

The Enhancement Act also places greater emphasis on:

  • The safety and well-being of children and youth
  • Increased involvement of children and families in decision-making
  • Increased collaboration and partnerships with the community

Access to identifying information contained in adoption records will be opened under the Enhancement Act. This change will affect all adoptions granted in the province prior to January 1, 2005. Birth parents and adoptees, who are 18 years and older, may obtain identifying information about one another, unless a veto is in place at the time of the request.

The Enhancement Act was developed through an extensive consultation with stakeholders and the public during the Child Welfare Act Review led by MLA Harvey Cenaiko in 2001-02. When the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act comes into force on November 1, 2004, it will replace the Child Welfare Act.

To learn Read More ..out the Enhancement Act, visit click here 

For Read More ..formation, contact:

Lorelei Fiset-Cassidy
Children's Services Communications
(780) 427-4801

For toll-free access in Alberta, dial 310-0000.

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