Leduc County

FCSS

Leduc County FCSS is a multi-municipal program that serves the residents of Leduc County, Calmar, Thorsby and Warburg. Leduc County FCSS is a branch of the Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta and adheres to its vision, beliefs, mission and mandate

FCSS has five guiding principles that are fundamental to program success: prevention, volunteerism, community development, local autonomy and accountability. Leduc County FCSS develops locally-driven, preventive social initiatives to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities.

The Government of Alberta provides funding to Leduc County FCSS for Family Connections, Early Childhood Resource program, Leduc Regional Parent Link Centre and Bridges FASD Mentor program. These services are also available to the Town of Beaumont and the City of Leduc.

211

Leduc County contributes to 211 Alberta, a phone service and online resource directory which is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week. 211 is an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects people to a full range of non-emergency social, health and government services in the community. Certified information and referral specialists answer each call and assess the needs of each caller and link them to the best available information and services. Contact 211 by dialing 2-1-1 on your phone.

View Leduc County's community resource listing.

Contact

Phone: 780-979-2385
Fax: 780-955-4765
Email: fcssinfo@leduc-county.com

Bridges FASD Mentor Program

Bridges FASD Mentor Program is a support program for adult men and women who have strong indicators for or a diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The program provides support for three years to help stabilize the lives of affected men, women and their children, and aims to teach and model appropriate daily life management and skills. The program is designed to stabilize the client's life and work with community partners and regional community resources to develop and implement services.

This free and voluntary service is available to residents of Leduc County, New Sarepta, Leduc, Calmar, Thorsby, Warburg and Devon.

Contact

Phone: 780-955-6423
Fax: 780-955-4765
Email: carolt@leduc-county.com

Christmas Elves

Christmas Elves is a county-wide program that provides hampers and gifts to families, helping them experience a joyful holiday season — something they may not be able to do without a little help from the community. Over the years, Christmas Elves has been adapted for each community within Leduc County based on local needs and resources available.

The Christmas Elves program is available to residents in rural Leduc County, Calmar, Thorsby and Warburg. Leduc County works in partnership with the City of Leduc and the towns of Beaumont and Devon. To volunteer, donate (food, gifts or money) or to refer someone for a hamper, contact your local community coordinator. 

Contact

Leduc County
Phone: 780-955-6424
Email: sara@leduc-county.com

New Sarepta
Phone: 780-941-2382
Email: lucille@leduc-county.com

Counselling subsidy

Leduc County FCSS has partnered with Karunia Counselling and Family Counselling Centres to provide a subsidized counselling program for county residents.

Counselling subsidy is available to all residents of Leduc County, Calmar, Thorsby and Warburg who do not have access to an employee insurance benefit plan, and whose family income is less than $75,000 a year. Fees are determined according to a sliding scale, based on family income level and family size.

Individual, couples and family counselling services are provided by Karunia Counselling and Family Counselling Centres at their offices in the City of Leduc. Equine Assisted Therapy is also offered by Family Counselling Centres in Leduc County.

Counselling may be sought for a variety of concerns, such as assistance with relationship issues, communication issues, marriage preparation, parenting support, anger management and mental health.

Contact

Phone: 780-955-6421
Fax: 780-955-4765
Email: eugena@leduc-county.com

Early Childhood Resource program

The Early Childhood Resource program provides support and services to families and early learning and care professionals of children up to six years old. The program is available to residents of Leduc County, the City of Leduc, the towns of Beaumont, Devon, Calmar and Thorsby and the Village of Warburg.

Support for families

The development and/or behavior of young children (0 to six years) is sometimes difficult to understand and can leave families and caregivers feeling confused. The Early Childhood Resource program is committed to working with families to identify strengths and address concerns and aims to make a difference by providing child-focused home visits, developmental screenings, Information on child development and guiding behavior, support with strengthening social skills, family-centered services, referrals and resources.

Support for community agencies

Leduc County provides a variety of programming and professional development support for any agency or persons working with children up to six years of age, including child development information, program observation, ages and stages questionnaires, workshops, professional development events and an annual appreciation night.

Contact

Phone: 780-955-4599 or 780-955-4598
Toll-free: 1-866-979-2386
Fax: 780-955-4765
Email: ecr@leduc-county.com

Family and youth support services

Family Support and Youth Services

One-to-one support

The Family and Youth Support Services program offers short-term emotional support for individuals and families, and aims to build on their strengths in life to help them cope and be resilient. This support is free, voluntary and can take place in a variety of settings over six goal-oriented, skill-building sessions.

A family support worker will assist individuals and families to create positive changes and acquire new knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviours.

Grief and Loss Support

Family Support Services offers one-to-one grief support to individuals and families and provides referral to short term subsidized counselling. Parent education workshops are available to help parents learn about supporting their grieving child(ren). Adult grief support groups and the Children in Change program are offered throughout the year. Children in Change is a one-day workshop designed for kids aged five to 11 to safely share experiences and feelings re­garding separation and divorce through play and activities.

Parent Education Workshops

Family Support Services offers parent education workshops with a range of topics including parenting teens, the importance of relationship and attachment, anxiety, technology and positive discipline.

YHA (Youth Healthy Asset building)

Leduc County's YHA program provides youth with a positive experience while equipping them with increased leadership and social-emotional capacities. Camp is held annually for a weekend and is open to a small group of Leduc County and Beaumont residents.

Community Development

The Family Support Services program actively engages in community development through campaigns and events that help to raise awareness about social issues and the community services available. Program staff work collaboratively with partners and are active on community coalitions such as the Early Childhood Development Coalition and Leduc Community Drug Action Committee

Contact

Phone: 780-955-6421
Fax: 780-955-4765
Email: eugena@leduc-county.com

Family Connections Home Visitation Program

The Family Connections Home Visitation Program is an ongoing, long-term support program for parents who are either expecting or have had their first child within the past year. It is a free and voluntary program offered in partnership with the Beaumont, Leduc and Thorsby public health centres, and is available to parents in Beaumont, Leduc, Calmar, Thorsby, Warburg and rural Leduc County.

The program is designed to support parents who would like some extra help to answer questions and address concerns, provide parenting tips and model hands-on activities with the child. The program is provided in the parents' home or in the community and aims to enhance parenting skills and family stability through providing information about child development, health and other aspects of family life.

In addition to parenting support, the Family Connections Home Visitation Program provides support for other issues that may directly or indirectly impact healthy family functioning and parenting. Information about other community resources and support to connect with those resources is provided to families.

Contact

Phone: 780-955-6423
Fax: 780-955-4765
Email: carolt@leduc-county.com

Parent Link Centre

Parent Link is an initiative of Human Services and is designed to support parents in their role as children's first and most influential teachers. Parent Link Centres and programs are resources parents can access with their children to meet other parents, participate in play with their children, obtain information and obtain support to help with parenting challenges.

The Leduc Regional Parent Link Centre adheres to the principles of Alberta's Parent Link Centres, which reflect generally accepted principles of family support, including those endorsed by the Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs and Family Support America.

  1. Children come first.
  2. Parents are primary caregivers of their children.
  3. Parenting is a lifelong learning experience.
  4. Parents and communities are active partners.
  5. Parent Link Centres are open to all parents.
  6. Parent Link Centres recognize that parents need different types of support.
  7. Parent Link Centres value diversity and promote inclsion.
  8. Parent Link Centres are community-based partnerships.
  9. Parent Link Centres are flexible.
  10. Parent Link Centres recognize that communities play an important role in supporting parents.
  11. Parent Link Centres deliver high quality programs that reflect current , evidence-based research findings and best practices.
  12. Parent Link Centres use a proactive, preventive approach.
  13. Parent Link Centres are accountable.

Contact

Phone: 780-979-2386
Toll-free: 1-866-979-2386
Email: lrplc@leduc-county.com
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Playschool subsidy

The playschool subsidy is available to residents of rural Leduc County, Calmar, Thorsby and Warburg. Applicants must meet the income guidelines and are expected to pay a portion of the playschool fees. Leduc County FCSS may take into consideration special circumstances and determine eligibility on a case-by-case basis

Family Size Gross Monthly Income
2 $4,500 - $5,000 $3,500 - $4,500 under $3,500
3 $5,000 - $5,500 $4,000 - $5,000 under $4,000
4 $5,500 - $6,000 $4,500 - $5,500 under $4,500
5+ $6,000 - $6,500 $5,000 -$6,000 under $5,000
Total Subsidy: 25% 50% 75%

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Family size is the total number of people in the family regardless of age or employment status. Income guidelines are based on gross family income.

Application forms can be obtained from Leduc County Community Support Services. Approved individuals will receive a confirmation letter and the child’s playschool will be notified and provided with a subsidy claim form. Subsidy will be paid directly to the child’s playschool and the parent will be responsible for paying their portion of the playschool fees directly to the playschool.  

Contact

Leduc County
Phone: 780-955-6424
Email: sara@leduc-county.com

New Sarepta
Phone: 780-941-2382
Email: lucille@leduc-county.com

Seniors Services

Seniors Services provides preventative social programs to assist seniors and persons with disabilities to maintain their independence and enhance their quality of life. Seniors Services works with community partners to provide necessary support to allow people to live as independently as possible.

Seniors Services manages the Outreach Home Support and Home Help programs, and provides one-to-one support to connect seniors and persons with disabilities to available resources in their communities.To be eligible for the Outreach Home Support or Home Help programs, an individual must be an adult or senior with a disability or inability to complete household tasks. Eligibility for program subsidy will be assessed based on age, annual income and ability to complete household tasks.

Outreach Home Support

Outreach Home Support is a light housekeeping service that can be accessed on a weekly or monthly basis and includes services such as general household cleaning, assistance with laundry, assistance with errands and meal preparation.

Subsidy Guidelines (Jan. 2018 - June 2018)

Home Help

The Home Help program can be accessed for assistance with heavier cleaning chores within the home, such as waxing floors, cleaning walls, shampooing carpets or defrosting freezers. This program runs from March 1 to June 30 and from Sept. 1 to Dec. 15.

Subsidy Guidelines (Jan. 2018 - June 2018)

These amounts will change annually to match thresholds set by the Government of Alberta's Special Needs Assistance subsidy program, which is reviewed and adjusted each July.

Contact

Phone: 780-955-4554
Fax: 780-955-4765
Email: carla@leduc-county.com

Volunteer income tax program

The volunteer income tax program helps low-income individuals and seniors throughout Leduc County and in Calmar, Thorsby and Warburg complete basic income tax returns for free, with the help of trained volunteers. This program does not complete complex returns for individuals who are deceased, bankrupt or who have any type of business, farm or rental income.

Contact

Leduc County
Phone: 780-955-6424
Email: sara@leduc-county.com

New Sarepta
Phone: 780-941-2382
Email: lucille@leduc-county.com