Cold Lake to provide funding for Parent Link Centre programs

February 28, 2020
For immediate release

Cold Lake to provide funding for Parent Link Centre programs

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake Council voted to provide interim funding for the Cold Lake Parent Link Centre’s programming up to April 30, 2020, to provide time for details about the provincial government’s pending Family Resource Network program to become known.

In early November, the Government of Alberta announced that it would be cancelling grants and contracts with the 300 organizations that operate Parent Link Centres, effective March 31, 2020. The Government of Alberta’s Children’s Services Family and Community Resiliency Division is currently examining proposals from organizations to provide services for children ages 0-18 years, as well as to their parents and caregivers, under a new Family Resource Network model.

The City of Cold Lake, through Cold Lake and District FCSS, has submitted a bid to provide services under the new model.

“With decisions on the Family Resource Networks expected in the near future, council opted for interim funding in an attempt to ensure uninterrupted services for families,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “The Parent Link Centre is a prized and highly used facility in our community. The facility has averaged over 24,700 visits a year, providing services that are trusted and used throughout our community and the greater region. Council did not want to see it end without a clear picture of what the future holds.”

The Cold Lake Parent Link Centre costs about $25,000 a month to operate. Council voted to provide one month of interim funding and will review the program as additional information becomes available through the province’s Family Resource Network selection process in the coming weeks.

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Friday, February 28, 2020