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Adoption Options

Telephone: 1-800-770-3023


A private, not for profit, adoption agency committed to providing counselling and services to expectant parents and adoptive parents since 1984. We are the leaders in open adoption, bringing birth and adoptive families together. All services to expectant parents are free, regardless of the final decision of placing or not placing a child for adoption. We want “birthparents” to make the right decision for them and their child.

Alberta Justice – FOCIS

Telephone: 403-343-6400

FOCIS is a free six hour, skill based communications class for separated or divorced parents of young children. The workshop teaches parents how to communicate effectively while parenting apart. Parents learn how to help their children by showing them that people do not have to argue to get their ideas across.

Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre

Telephone: 403-340-2606

We are Central Alberta’s resource for children with special needs. Our professional staff work together to provide assessment, intervention and consultation. We offer learning opportunities to professionals and group programs for families. By discovering each child’s strengths, together with family and community, we can build hope for their future.

Autism Society of Central Alberta

Telephone:  403-340-2606 Ext. 50



Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Red Deer and District

Address: 4633 - 49 Street

Telephone: 403-342-6500

Fax: 403-342-7734


Boys’ and Girls’ Club has community-based centres located throughout Alberta that provide a safe and supportive environment, with positive activities for children, you and families.

Bullying Help Line

Telephone: 1-888-456-2323

Catholic Social Services

Telephone: 403-346-7055

Address: 5104 48 Avenue

Offers a variety of programs and services for children and families including adoption information, anger management, family counselling, programs for children and youth, parent/teen mediation and more. People of all faiths are welcome.

Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.) Committee

Telephone: 403-346-8818

Address: 202-5000 Gaetz Avenue

Formed in 1979 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to assist with the settlement of Indochinese refugees fleeing the aftermath of the Vietnam war. A year later in 1980, C.A.R.E. became a registered non-profit society, and in January 1982 it received status as a charitable organization. Since its inception in 1979, this organization has assisted in the settlement of thousands of newcomers to Canada.

Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter

Shelter Telephone: 403-346-5643 or Toll Free: 1-888-346-5643

Fundraising/Fund Development Department – Tara: 403-302-0234

Volunteer Development Department – Anna: 403-597-4142

Child Abuse Hotline

Telephone: 1-800-387-KIDS (5437)

Child Disability Resource Link

Telephone: 1-877-644-9992 


Sylvan Lake

Telephone: 403-887-5975

Children’s Indoor Play space is a non-structured playtime for children 0-5 years of age. Riding, bouncing, and climbing toys are provided for your child’s gross motor development. Parents and caregivers can socialize while attending to their own children’s needs. Coffee and tea are provided and parents are encouraged to bring a snack & beverage for their children. Cost is $3.00 per family (maximum of six).

Family Services of Central Alberta

Telephone: 403-343-6400

Toll Free: 1-866-414-3722

Address: 5409 - 50th Avenue

Fax: 403-343-6407


Basic English and Play, Family Fun Time, Come Play with Me, Active Parenting 1,2,3,4, My Daddy & Me, Triple P Parenting Seminars

**Active Parenting Now **Active Parenting Teens -This program is for parents who have children attending Normandeau, Glendale, Central and GH Dawe school

Location: Central Middle School,  Held at 5121 - 48th Avenue, Red Deer

**Active Parenting for StepFamilies **Kids Matter

**(costs associated)

Family Violence Info Line

Telephone: 310-1818 (toll-free, 24/7)

FCSS Community Resource Centre

Sylvan Lake

Telephone: 403-887-1137(ext: 221)

Provides information and referral to individuals and families seeking community resources. If you are in need of a service and are unsure whether or not the service exists or where/how to locate it, call the Community Resource Centre.

Girl Guides of Canada


HEALTHLink Alberta

Anyone in Alberta with a health concern can call:

Toll-free: 1-866-408-5465 (LINK)

Healthy Families Home Visitation Program

Sylvan Lake

Telephone: 403-887-1137(ext: 227)

A voluntary no-cost program that provides support to families with new babies. You can self refer to gain access to information about; activities that promote healthy development, parenting tips that encourage positive parent/child relationships, and information regarding how to connect with other services and resources. This is a culturally sensitive and completely confidential service.

H.E.A.R.T.S. - Red Deer Chapter

Telephone: 403-342-2266

Helps families through the loss of their baby. 'Helping Empty Arms Recover Through Sharing'

Bonnie Gardiner, President


Telephone: 403-986-2280

Address: 136 Archibald Crescent

Kids Help Phone


La Leche League Canada: Red Deer Group

Telephone: Red Deer (403) 348-1829

Address: Anglican Church of St. Leonards on the Hill, 4241-44 Street, Red Deer.

Monthly Meeting Information:

Meeting Day: Second Monday of the month from 1 – 3pm.Please Note: There is also a Cafe au Lait on the 4th Monday of the month at Leaders' and moms' homes between 10 a.m. and noon. This is an informal get together to see our friends from LLL another time in the month. Call Jenni 403-309-9380 for location.

The Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta

(Red Deer Chapter)

Telephone: 403-340-3885

Address: Lower Level – 3757 43 Avenue

Fax: 403-340-3884

Think Social  is a program designed to teach children the skills required to achieve success in social situations.  Students are immersed in learning through hands-on activities, games and role plays that will help them fit into some of the socisl situations they deal with and nurture their self-esteem. Cost is $250+ $40 LDAA Membership. Think Social Ages 7-9 runs Tuesday evenings May 7th to June 25th from 5:45pm-7:15pm and Think Social 10-12 runs May 9th-June 27th from 5:45-7:15.  Call Jeannette,  Program Director at LD Red Deer at 403-340-3885 or email for more information.  You can find us on Facebook @

Life after Loss: A Children’s Psycho-Educational Grief Group

Telephone: 403-340-8995

Address: Parkland Youth Homes Society – 4920 54 Street, Red Deer        

This eight week program is for children ages 6 to 12 who are grieving the death of a loved one. The group meets once per week from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and may be broken up into two groups depending on the number and age of the children who register.

Facilitated by qualified therapists who will create a safe environment in which to explore the children’s grief-related topics each week through creative activities, art and play techniques, and open discussion. The children are encouraged to share their experiences and questions with their peers who have experienced similar losses. This group interaction helps decrease feelings of isolation and anxiety as a result of their loss. Throughout the eight week process children will gain increased knowledge and understanding of feelings and behaviours related to the grief process. In turn, the children should be better able to cope with grief-related change and crises in a healthy manner. There is a $50 registration fee.

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, every Tuesday, starting October 16 – December 4, 2012.

Little Green Thumbs Indoor Gardening Program

The Little Green Thumbs (LGT) Indoor Gardening Program will be introduced to select schools in Red Deer and area in September 2013. There is room for 10 schools in the 2013/14 growing season and as of July, 3 schools have already applied. The LGT program provides a classroom with an indoor garden grow kit and a vermi composting kit, teacher resource manuals, seeds, soil, fertilizer, lesson plans, posters, student journals and T-shirts.  There is no cost to the school.  Please click here to download the info sheet for even more information.

Mommy Connections Red Deer

Telephone: 403-596-2249

Mommy Connections introduces you to programs and services available within your community. Each weeks 90 minute class provide a unique learning opportunity as well as a fun way to bond with your child with other moms in a social environment. Giving you a chance to be social with other moms experiencing the same challenges, fears and excitement.

Parent Place Family Resource Centre

Sylvan Lake

Telephone: 403-887-1137(ext: 221)

Providing no cost drop-in play opportunities for parents, guardians, caregivers and their children aged 0-6 years of age. Parent Place programs offer families a place and space to connect to other families and to access information about children’s growth and development. Toy Library memberships are available.

PARK – Parental Alienation Risks Kids

Red Deer

Telephone: 403-598-9978


PARK is a local support group in Red Deer established to increase awareness in the community and to educate and support families being affected by Parental Alienation, which is defined as a set of behaviors that are harmful and damaging to a child's emotional and mental health. It generally involves the mental manipulation and/or bullying of the child to side with one parent against the other usually found in high conflict situations. Meetings are held once a month in Red Deer.

Parkland Youth Homes

(Downtown Location)

Telephone: 403-340-8995

Address: 4920 – 54 Street

Fax: 403-346-3225

Parkland Youth Homes is a local, non-profit organization that provides a continuum of services to young people, couples, and families. Outpatient services include the Walk-In Counselling Clinic, and ongoing Focused Counselling Program. Walk-In Clinic offers young people and their families counselling sessions without a referral or charge. As of January 2012, Walk-In Clinic will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm – 8pm, and Fridays 1pm – 3pm. Ongoing Focused Counselling can be arranged over phone or at Walk-In Clinic. There is a moderate fee for ongoing counselling based on a sliding scale and ability to pay. Other Parkland Youth Home Services include:  Caregiver network, Group Care Facilities, Street Ties, and P.O.W.E.R Youth Initiative.


Sylvan Lake

Telephone: 403-887-7850

A registered parent involved program for children 0-5 years of age. Included for children, parents and caregivers is free play, crafts, and circle time. Coffee and tea are provided. Parents are encouraged to bring snacks and drinks for their children. Cost is $15.00 per month per family (maximum of three).

Red Deer 49th Street Community Health Centre

Telephone: 403-314-5225

Address: 4755 49 Street

Red Deer Bremner Ave Community Health Centre

Telephone: 403-341-2100

Address: 2845 Bremner Avenue

Red Deer Johnstone Crossing Community Health Centre

Telephone: 403-356-6300

Address: 300 Jordan Parkway

Red Deer Community Services

Telephone: 403-346-2251

Address: 4837-54 Street

Fax: 403-358-6654

Red Deer Down Syndrome Support Group

Telephone: 403-392-5703

Any individuals living with Down syndrome and everyone parenting a child living with Down syndrome are invited to join the group. For more information, find the group on Facebook (

Red Deer New Comers Club


The Red Deer Newcomers Club offers anyone who is new to the Red Deer area a chance to meet and greet other newcomers. We hold our monthly Meet and Greet night at Westrock Bakery Café on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm. Our club also hosts a variety of other events throughout the year such as ladies evenings, couples events, family outings and a ‘New Tots in Town’ group.

Red Deer Twin and Triplet Club


Red Deer Child and Family Services

Telephone: 403-340-5400

Red Deer City RCMP/Red Deer City Victim Services

Telephone: 403-343-5575

Red Deer Rural RCMP/Red Deer Rural Victim Services

Telephone: 403-343-5591

49th Street Community Health Centre, Sexual Health Clinic Program

Telephone: 403-346-8336

Toll free 1-888-346-9414

Address: 4755 49th Street

Sylvan Lake Home Support

Sylvan Lake

Telephone: 403-887-1137 (ext 222)

Light housekeeping services to seniors and individuals that require some assistance.

Sylvan Lake Lifeline

Sylvan Lake

Telephone: 403-887-1137 (ext 222)

A response service that with a push of the button can bring you help.

Sylvan Lake Volunteer Centre

Telephone: 403-887-1137 (ext 222)

The Volunteer Centre is a connection for community volunteering that is an essential part for healthy communities. By working to enhance volunteerism the Volunteer Centre balances the requirements and principles of volunteers and organizations. The Volunteer Impact Gala in April is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate volunteers and nominate your choices. Contact us for more details about how to volunteer, nominate a volunteer or find a volunteer.

Youth Services

Sylvan Lake

Telephone: 403-887-1137(ext: 223)

Providing a wide array of programs and services for youth aged six to 18years. The no-cost Youth Drop-in Centre is open Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm for 6-12 year olds and on Saturdays from 12pm-3pm. There are always highly qualified youth workers on staff. Youth Services also offers evening programs for youth aged 9-18 years. These programs include; Girl Power, Boyz Unlimited, Gym Night, Drop-In Jam Session, The Loop, and Prank’d. The Youth Employment Centre offers support to youth aged 12-18 with resume writing and job seeking skills. Compressed Day and Holiday Camps are available for 6-12 year olds.



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