The CARE Model

Alta Care Resources follows the principles of the Case Work Practice Model and the Children and Residential Experiences (CARE) Model throughout practice

Adherence to solid principles guide Alta Care Resources to make decisions that are in the best interests of every unique child and family we serve

CARE Model Principles

01. Developmentally Focused

“Resiliency is a capacity all youth have for healthy development and successful learning.”

All children have the same basic requirements for growth and development, progress varies from child to child. This is accomplished by:

a. teaching new skills in deficit areas,
b. creating opportunities for the child to practice these new skills with adult assistance, and
c. adapting the environment so that children can succeed.

02. Family Involved

The family of every child is an irremovable part of that child’s life irrespective of circumstances. Children need permanent ties to caring and nurturing adults. One of the goals of service delivery is to strengthen family relationships.

03. Relationship Based

The most significant task in service delivery is for staff to develop a trusting relationship with each child and parent. A person’s ability to form personal strength and manifestation of resiliency associated with healthy development and success in their life. Relationships also increase influence and cooperation.

04. Trauma Informed

If caregivers understand what has happened to children and families and comprehend the effects of violence, power and control has on their development, it helps keep the milieu focused on providing order and learning experiences versus demanding compliance and control. This requires a shift in thinking from “What is wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”. This also requires changing perceptions of “attention seeking behaviour” to “attachment seeking behaviour”.

05. Ecological Oriented

Caring and supportive environments provide children and families with a model of how to care for themselves and others. Environmental supports should be matched to the child’s needs and changing qualities to maximize the child’s and family’s growth. It is much more reasonable to change the approach or manipulate the environment or activity than it is to demand that the child or family make a change that may not be in their capacity to do so.

06. Competence Centered

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Practice Strategies for Lifelong Connections

01. Indigenous Experience

First Nations, Métis and Inuit people have always had their/our own ways of ensuring that vulnerable members, including children, are safe and protected. We honour this by recognizing their expertise in matters concerning their children, youth, and families.

02. Connection

Children and youth are supported to maintain relationships that are important to them, be connected to their own culture, practice their religious beliefs and, for those in care, have a plan for their care where they are included in the decision-making process.

03. Collaboration

We are child-focused and family-centred. We collaborate with families, community agencies, and other stakeholders in building positive, respectful partnerships across integrated multidisciplinary teams and providing individualized, flexible, and timely services to support these efforts.

04. Continuous Improvement

We share and use information appropriately. Our approach is outcome-oriented and evidence-based; therefore, we support innovative practice, monitor our performance, and strive for continuous improvement.

05. Strength-based

Our approach is reflective, culturally responsive, and strength-based. Because all families have strengths and resources, we recognize and support the right and responsibility of parents to share in the decision-making process for them and their children.

06. Preserve Family
  1. We believe children and youth should be safe, healthy, and live with their families, therefore we focus on preserving and reuniting families and building on the capacity of extended family and communities to support children, youth, and families.

Get in touch

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Head Office

#302, 9470 51 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5A6

Call Us

Ph: 780 451 6040 ext. 230
Fx: 780 453 3723