St. Aidan’s Society was organized in 1973 when it was recognized by Family Court Judge Harry H. Aime that there was a real need for a group home in this community. Sitting in Court every day, Judge Aime witnessed the removal of children from parental care and saw limited options for these children and families in the community of Fort McMurray. St. Aidan’s Group Home was created and provided service to children in need of protective services through a contract with the Provincial Government.
In 1993, St. Aidan’s Society expanded its’ service delivery and established the Treatment Foster Care Program. Also under contract with the Northeast Alberta Children and Family Service Authority, this program continues to operate providing safe, secure and loving environments for children unable to remain in the care of their parents.
In its’ almost 40 years of service, St. Aidan’s Society has provided an array of program delivery services, which has included a contract with the North East Child and Family Services for a Semi Independent Living Program, and a contract with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo for the 2008 Homelessness Count. Although the primary focus of the Society today is the Therapeutic Foster Care Program, St. Aidan’s also provides Home Study Assessments for provincial and interprovincial Child Welfare offices.
Judge Aime was instrumental in creating and maintaining St. Aidan’s Society and served as a member of the Board of Directors until 2000. His legacy of providing the highest level of services to children and families remains the foundation of this agency.
St. Aidan’s has been an accredited agency with the Canadian Accreditation Council in January of 1997, and has been accredited with a Standard of Excellence since 2000.