How do I get started? / How do I sign up for activities?
Click "Become a Member" and create a website profile. Once we receive this form, our family coordinator will contact you and get you approved on the website and ready to sign up for activities.
Keep in mind, you will not be able to see the detailed Event Calendar until you are an approved member on the website!
What happens on the day of an activity?
On the day of the activity, parents are responsible for dropping off and picking up their child or youth at the designated location as described along with the event on the website. The website will specify the times and locations that each activity will be beginning and ending at. When you drop off your child, please sign them in on the activity sheet held by the staff that will be greeting you, and check that our contact phone number on file for your family is the one that we will be able to use to contact you during the activity time.
Phone numbers for the staff member who is listed as 'family contact' for the activity are available in the activity details should families need to contact thirty minutes prior to, during, or thirty minutes after the activity.
The family contact is unable to answer while driving or attending to youth.
What if I have to cancel for an event I have registered for?
What fees are associated with your programs?
Are there fees other than respite and community aide costs?
Yes, there are often additional fees for our daily activities.
Activity Fees these are the cost of things like pool admission, movie tickets, lunch, etc.
Clubhouse Fees our clubhouse fee is a suggested rate of $10.00 per session for activities held at our clubhouse. The clubhouse fee helps cover costs such as snacks, art supplies, video games, board games, cooking supplies and everything we need to continue to make our clubhouse the best place it can be.
Registration Fees these fees are required for specialized programs and go directly back into the program and the costs associated with running them. For example, the registration fee from the movie project helps cover the cost of hiring a professional filmmaker and also helps to buy large assets like a Video Camera.
Transportation Fees transport fees will be listed for certain activities and go towards the cost of renting busses, gas, and maintenance of our mini vans.
A portion of these additional fees may be covered by subsidy. Contact AAFS for more information about our subsidy program.
Our AAFSter School and AAFS Friday program daily fees are $25. This fee covers transportation, snacks and administration.
What if we don’t have funding?
I have funding but can’t afford the cost of activities (admission, lunch, transit passes)
How does transportation work?
What if my child cannot stay for the entire activity?
What are specialized programs at AAFS?
Who are your staff? What is the ratio of staff to youth?
My child needs 1:1 care - are you able to provide that?
Will my child be with other youth like him/her?
What are the age groups?
Do you provide Before and After Care?
Can siblings attend activities as well?
We do allow siblings to attend AAFS Programs under some circumstances. However, there are various parameters and models. We do charge an hourly fee for siblings to attend which can be negotiated based on (age, level of support needed, potential of being a volunteer etc.). A couple of things that are important; (1) The sibling cannot take away a spot from an AAFS member (2) Siblings under the age of 13 are billed at the regular AAFS Respite rate (3) Sibling attending needs the approval of their AAFS Member sibling.
Please contact the applicable AAF Program Coordinator for details and an answer to your situation. .
Can I come with my child?
Do you provide assessment/support groups or treatment?
My child has difficult behaviours. Is he/she welcome to be part of AAFS?