Which Family Receives Specialized Services for Their Child?

Specialized services is provided based on the individual needs of the child and family when:

  • the child has a severe disability that is significantly limiting their ability to function in normal daily living activities

  • the family needs to provide continual and ongoing assistance and supervision to ensure their child’s safety and ability to participate in normal daily living activities

  • the child has critical service needs in two or more areas, including behaviours, communication and social skills, physical abilities, cognitive abilities, or self-help skills, and

  • the child's and family's service needs can not be met by other programs or services.

The term “severe disability” refers to the degree to which the child is limited in their ability to function in normal daily living activities and the extra care demands this creates for their family.

What is a Multi-Disciplinary Team?

The FSCD Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) is a group of health professionals established by the FSCD program to provide information to support FSCD in making decisions about providing specialized services and expert advice to families and their service providers about the service plan.

The MDT is made up of the following health professionals who have experience and expert knowledge about services and best practices for children with severe disabilities and their families, including:

  • speech-language pathologists

  • occupational therapists

  • physical therapists

  • psychologists

What does the MDT do?

The MDT reviews and considers information provided by the family, their service provider(s) and other professionals working with the child and makes recommendations to the guardian and the FSCD worker about the need, type and level of specialized services that may be the most helpful for the child and family. The MDT supports families to ensure their plan is based on best practice and will address their child’s needs and family’s goals.

The health professionals participating on the MDT do not see the child, complete clinical assessments or make final decisions about the FSCD services that a child and family receives.

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Specialized Services for Children with Severe Disabilities

Specialized services for children with severe disabilities involves direct support for children and support for families.  Specialized services are individualized and flexible to meet each child’s and family’s unique needs and circumstances, time and priorities, cultural context and values.  Specialized services complement other supports and services that a family already has in place.

Specialized services involves a team of professionals, such as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational  Therapist, Physical Therapist, Psychologist, behavioural specialist and aide.  The specialized services team works directly with a child to determine the strategies and approaches that will work best to help the child learn skills and participate in everyday routines.

Parents determine what their involvement looks like and this can change over time. Parents are not expected to provide direct services or intervention to their child, and are not required to be in the room or participating when services are being provided to their child.  The team works with parents to identify the approaches that will fit best for the child and family, based on their unique needs and circumstances.

Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD)

Parents of children with disabilities sometimes need support so they can raise their children at home and fully participate in community life.

The Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) Program provides a wide range of family-centred supports and services. Services are meant to help strengthen families’ ability to promote their child’s healthy development and encourage their child’s participation in activities at home and in the community.

The program is voluntary; parents remain the guardians for their child and are responsible for all decision-making and the usual expenses of raising a child until their child turns 18 years old.

The FSCD program works in partnership with eligible families to provide supports and services based on each child and family’s individual assessed needs.

FSCD assists approximately 10,000 children and their families each year.

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For more information contact your local FSCD Office. Click Here

To watch an informative video on the new Family Support for Children with Disabilities: Click Here

Child Care Subsidy

The Ministry of Children's Services provides financial assistance to eligible lower-income families using:

  • Licensed day care centres

  • Licensed group family child care

  • Approved family day homes

  • Licensed out-of-school care centres

  • Licensed pre-schools and

  • Approved early childhood development programs

    Maximum subsidy rates vary by program type and the age of child attending child care.

    You can apply for a subsidy if:

  • You or your spouse/partner, or the child receiving care are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and live in Alberta.

  • You or your spouse/partner are an Alberta resident.

  • Your children are 12 years of age or younger and are not yet attending Grade 7.

  • You and your spouse/partner are currently working, attending school, looking for work or have special needs
    You or your spouse/partner stay-at-home and have your child(ren) enrolled in a licensed pre-school or approved early childhood development program.

    For general inquiries about child care subsidy call 1‑877‑644‑9992 or 780‑644‑9992 within Edmonton, Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm

    Estimate Your Subsidy: Click Here

    Apply for Subsidy: Click Here

    Renew Subsidy: Click Here

    Change Personal Information: Click Here

Information & Referrals

Community members are provided information and referrals to community resources that range from where and how to access programs and services to where to go for emergency food and clothing. Telephone and drop-in support available. Call a Resource Worker at 780-413-4521 for more information.

One-On-One Support

Resource workers are available to assist you in accessing resources in the community, improve your parenting skills, help you to develop personal goals, provide self-esteem and awareness support, or assess your child’s developmental milestones.

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One-On-One Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)

Parents or caregivers of children from birth to 17 years who have specific concerns about their children’s development or behaviour are invited to schedule an appointment with a Triple P practitioner. Discover strategies on how to manage behaviour and promote development (up to 4 sessions). Tailored sessions include behaviour management strategies. 

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Family Mentor-ship Program


In-home support for first-time parents and families parenting for the first time in Canada. Families may join before their baby’s birth or up to 2 years of age. The Family Mentor-ship Program focuses on the role of the caregiver and how to positively contribute to their child’s growth and development. Family Mentors assist in locating community resources while providing information on child development.

Visits are scheduled weekly based on family need.



Family Mentors will provide families with information and tools to support their child’s development during the first five years of life. Personalized monthly visits provide an opportunity for discussion and mentoring during these important early years. Regular developmental screening using the Ages and Stages questionnaires are offered during visits, as well as appropriate activities encouraging constructive play.

Participants must live within 10 km of our Administration location (5704-19A Avenue NW).There is a $50 annual program fee. A sliding scale or subsidy may be available if this cost is a concern for you and your family. Please contact us to discuss these options.


To have someone contact you with more information, or to refer a client, click here or call 780-413-4521.


Family Support and Parent Education Programs help parents build their skills and confidence in providing a nurturing environment for their children. 

These programs offer information, education, and support to families in the community, through: structured groups; child care (children’s programming provided while parents attend selected adult programs); as well as over-the-phone and drop-in support.

Early Childhood Development Programs for Families


Early Childhood Development offers parents/caregivers opportunities and experiences to develop their child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth. 

Activities ranging from early literacy skills to socialization, as well as learning through play and music, help parents add to their knowledge base of skills. The Early Childhood Development Program is actively involved in preparing children birth through 6 for the wonderful learning journey ahead.