Town of Peace River Successful in Application for Family Resource Network

April 9, 2020

The Town of Peace River is excited to announce that we were successful in our application to be a Hub through the Government of Alberta’s new Family Resource Network grant.

In late 2019 the Government of Alberta announced changes to the funding program that financed the Peace Parent Link Centre. The changes included shifting to a new program model. At the beginning of 2020, the Government of Alberta announced a Request For Expressions of Interest for organizations looking to operate under the new model. The Town of Peace River understood what a valuable resource Parent Link had been in our community and submitted an expression of interest to operate a Family Resource Network Hub, on April 8 we found out that we had been successful.

We want to thank our staff who put together the application to ensure these valuable services stayed in our region.

Background on Family Resource Networks

Information in this section is provided by the Government of Alberta from their website.

Family Resource Networks (FRNs) will deliver high-quality prevention and early intervention services and supports for children 0 to 18 years old.

Networks will provide a range of services and supports that focus on:

  • strengthening parenting and caregiving knowledge
  • social support
  • coping and problem-solving skills
  • access to community supports and resources
  • improving child and youth development
  • building resiliency
  • fostering well-being

Through a ‘hub and spoke’ model of service delivery, FRNs (hubs) will coordinate the prevention and early intervention services in all geographic areas and in various cultural communities across the province. This will be done either directly or through collaborative partnerships with qualified service agencies or providers (spokes).

Information on the Peace Region Family Resource Network

Funding for the Peace Region Family Resource Network will be provided by the Government of Alberta. The Town of Peace River will be responsible for managing the hub and its programs. The Peace Region Family Resource Network will continue to operate out of the old Parent Link location in the Baytex Energy Centre.

As a result of the Provincial funding and program structure, the Peace Region Family Resource Network will serve an area beyond just the Town of Peace River including the communities of: Village of Berwyn, Birch Hills County, County of Fairview No. 136, Town of Grimshaw, Village of Hines Creek, Little Buffalo, Town of Manning, Village of Nampa, County of Northern Lights, Northern Sunrise County, and MD of Peace No. 135.

A number of services will be offered through the Peace Region Family Resource Network and are listed below. More details will be available soon.

  • Parent Education Program
  • Home Visitation Program
  • Hub services; such as information and referral, parent support, and community resource information.

Information Regarding Services During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted communities in a variety of ways and due to public health orders, we will not be able to allow physical access to the Peace Region Family Resource Network location at this time. However, we will still be offering services and program delivery.

We are currently working to adapt our service plan to meet the needs of the pandemic. Parent education including tips, consultation, and support will go ahead through digital means. We will also be able to provide general supportive listening, and home visitation support through phone calls, text messaging, zoom, email, FaceTime, and other means. We will be working to adapt our other services and will have more details soon.

Contact information

General Number: 780-624-0770
General Email: [email protected]