Letter as seen on Lacombe Parent Link Centre Facebook page.

Funding for Parent Link Centres will end in March

Ministry of Children’s Services says new process launched and new contracts will be awarded

Funding for Parent Link Centres across Alberta will end come March.

That includes Central Parkland Parent Link Centre’s funding.

A letter was posted on Lacombe Parent Link Centre’s Facebook recently that states the centre’s programming in Blackfalds, Lacombe, Rimbey, Ponoka and Wetaskiwin and outreach activities in Clive, Mirror and Bentley will end as a result of the provincial decision.

Lauren Armstrong, press secretary to the Minister of Children’s Services, said the centres have not been eliminated. Instead a new process to consolidate and re-align the way prevention and early intervention services are delivered across the province has been launched.

The new Family Resource Networks will rectify the service gap that can exist after age six and align with the precedent-setting well being and resiliency framework to help at-risk kids grow up to lead productive and meaningful lives, Armstong said.

All current service providers are invited to apply and will continue to operate until March 2020.

“While I can’t presuppose the outcome of the Expression of Interest process, many current service providers will awarded new contracts under the Family Resource Network funding,” Armstrong said.

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