What is FCSS?
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is an 80/20 funding partnership between the Government of Alberta, and municipalities or Metis Settlements. Provincially, the FCSS Program receives its mandate from the Family and Community Support Services Act and Regulation. The Regulation sets out the service requirements, that a municipality or Settlement must meet to be eligible for funding. At the local level, a municipality or Metis Settlement Council chooses whether to establish a Program, and enters into an agreement with the province to jointly fund the Program. Under FCSS, communities design and deliver social programs that are preventive in nature to promote and enhance well-being among individuals, families, and communities. The programs depend on community resources, often involving volunteers in management and delivery.
The FCSS philosophy is based on a belief that self-help contributes to a sense of integrity, self-worth and independence. The programs developed are intended to help individuals in their community to adopt healthy lifestyles, thereby improving the quality of life and building the capacity to prevent and/or deal with crisis situations should they arise.
Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta:
FCSS is supported by local Councils and/or Boards and by a provincial wide association, known as the Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA). The FCSSAA unites and strengthens the FCSS community by providing representation and advocacy on behalf of member boards.
A 17-member Board of Directors oversees operations. The role of the FCSSAA Board includes identifying common concerns and issues related to FCSS, communicating those issues, together with proposed solutions, to other members and to the provincial government, and supporting communities by developing tools to meet local needs and mandates.
FCSSAA Resource Bank
The FCSSAA Resource Bank is a resource centre, a reference library and a communication network for information sharing among FCSS programs.
FCSS Program Advisory Team
FCSS has a unique "joint management" partnership between the FCSSAA and Children and Youth Services. The FCSS Program Advisory Team (PAT) is comprised of representatives from each organization and provides advice on program delivery issues, undertakes joint projects to support and develop the program, and proposes policy amendments to both the association and the ministry.
Click here to go to the Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA), website.