Our History

The Family Centre has been providing "Strength to Families" in Alberta since the 1920’s, when we distributed food and clothing before social safety nets existed. As government and other agencies took over that role, our focus shifted to delivering professional counselling and in-home support to parents; key services to this day.

The Family Centre incorporated in 1942, striking its first citizen-based board of directors and becoming a member of the Community Chest (now United Way of the Capital Region). Our funding partners have expanded over the years to include the City of Edmonton, Alberta Human Services, Edmonton Public School Board, Alberta Justice, and a number other private and public foundations.

Today The Family Centre boasts more than 350 employees dedicated to fulfilling our mission, including: social workers, family counsellors and therapists, psychologists, workplace support specialists, family life educators, interpreters, youth workers, family preservation workers, family support workers, home support aides, mediators, nutritionists, and financial counsellors. Each year we proudly serve over 20,000 people, in addition to over 100 corporate and government clients as a member of the Family Services Employee Assistance Program (FSEAP) network.

After more than 70 years of service in the Edmonton community, we remain committed as ever to our cause. The Family Centre is an Edmonton social service landmark and will continue to be for a long time to come.