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Frequently Asked Questions

WHO CAN BECOME A BLOCK PARENT?

A Block Parent is any responsible adult, over the age of 18 years, who is concerned about the safety and well- being of their fellow citizens, especially children. Any adult may apply regardless of their status-single, married, working, retired. They submit to security-screening by the police through their application and a gree to display their sign responsibly.

WHAT IS THE BLOCK PARENT SIGN?

  • It bears the official symbol used by Block Parent volunteers across Canada.
  • It is an easy-to-identify graphic design in red and white, depicting an adult holding a child's hand.
  • It is clearly displayed inside a home in a street-facing window.
  • It indicates to children and others that help is immediately available should the need arise.
  • It indicates to criminals and troublemakers that the community has an organized system for protecting children and others.
  • The Block Parent sign remains the property of the Okotoks Block Parent Program and must be returned upon request.

WHEN IS THE BLOCK PARENT SIGNED DISPLAYED?

  • Only when the Block Parent is home and available to answer the door.
  • Block Parents do not alter their lifestyle. When not available for any reason (working, resting, in the yard, away from home), they simply remove the sign from view.
  • Children are taught to expect to receive assistance only if the sign is on display.

WHAT IS NOT EXPECTED OF A BLOCK PARENT?

  • To provide food or beverage.
  • To provide toilet facilities, except in an emergency.
  • To provide transportation.
  • To administer first aid.
  • To leave their home to intervene in any situation.
  • To actively engage any dangerous person.
  • WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A BLOCK PARENT?

    • To offer their home to children as a place of safety from dangerous or frightening situations.
    • To offer assistance to persons in distress by telephoning the necessary emergency services (i.e. Police, Fire Dept.. Ambulance, Tow Truck, etc.). Information can be exchanged through a locked door if the volunteer is concerned about opening the door to an unfamiliar person.
    • To assist Police by reporting suspicious or possible criminal activity in their community.
    • To notify Block Parent upon incident, changes of address, people residing in the home.

    WHEN COULD YOU USE A BLOCK PARENT HOME?

    When someone is:
  • alarmed or frightened by a stranger or vicious animal
  • injured in an accident
  • ill
  • lost or disoriented
  • threatened by bullies
  • locked out of home or has lost keys
  • when car has broken down
  • or any other situation requiring adult assistance.
  • WHY DO WE NEED BLOCK PARENTS?

    In today's mobile society, we often don't know people who live only a few houses away. Many adults work outside their home and without Block Parent volunteers, a terrified child could go several homes before finding someone to help. This delay could result in tragedy. Block Parent provides an element of security in a world that often seems insecure to a child.

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