Fonds RG-24 - City of Edmonton. Community and Family Services Department fonds

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City of Edmonton. Community and Family Services Department fonds

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Children's Aid Society of Edmonton (1909-1924), Edmonton Board of Public Welfare (1915-1925), The Civic Relief Department (1926-1950), Welfare Department (1950-1966), Social Services Department (1966-1988)

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9 m of textual records

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The Community and Family Services Department grew out of the Children's Aid Society of Edmonton and served as the city's source of children's aid and public welfare from 1926 to 1997 when it was eventually absorbed into the Community Services Department. Reporting to the Mayor and City Council, the Department was tasked with supplying relief to the at-risk populations of Edmonton, including seniors, families in need, and children. These responsibilities took the form of subsidy and grant management, welfare distribution, and pension payment. Although the Department was occupied with several services for various populations, most of the records contained within the fonds consist of documents pertaining to children's aid.

Throughout all iterations and changes of the Department, the functions of the service endeavored to create, maintain, and manage projects related to daycares, special subsidies, and other social support mechanisms. As part of a major administrative reorganization launched by the City of Edmonton in 1997, the Department was absorbed in order to lower costs and make the City more efficient.

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Fonds reflects the evolution of the Community and Family Services Department and the responsibilities it was tasked with during its existence. The textual records consist of: annual reports, statistics, financial statements, correspondence, policy statements, newsletters, minutes, photographs, forms, mission statements, lists of citizens, and other material. The original record order as found in 2016 has been retained, though an intellectual arrangement has been provided in the finding aid.

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This material was transferred to the City of Edmonton Archives directly from the Community and Family Services department and through the corporate records centre between 1974 and 2013.


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These records contain information that is protected in alignment with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act. These files are restricted in alignment with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act. For more information please contact the reference archivist.

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Accession numbers: A74-29, A99-166, A2003-86, A2005-167, A2005-168, A2005-169, A2005-170

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City of Edmonton Archives

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