The Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society (FSFFS) is facing some tough times.
 
Back in November, the FSFFS and similar organizations found out funding through Alberta's Ministry of Children Services would no longer continue. 
 
"Each agency is different but for families first, that means the discontinuation of Parent Link Centre funding, home visitation funding and early childhood development funding," explained Heather Boonstra, executive director of the FSFFS.
 
So far, because of these cuts, at least nine permanent jobs at the FSFFS have been effected, ending in layoffs for those and several casual staff.
 
Similarly to many service providers, such as Strathcona County Family and Community Services, families first has applied to serve as a network hub to fill in the gaps left behind by the Parent Link Centre contract.
 
Under this new framework, agencies could apply to provide specific services, based on what the province is looking for.
 
"We just have to wait and see; hopefully we'll hear soon and be able to enter into negotiations with the ministry about the services we can deliver," added Boonstra.
 
Even if everything does go according to plan, the FSFFS will not receive as much funding as they have in the past.
 
"What remains the same is our values and our heart and our vision mission."
 
Programs like the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, Community Kitchens as well as the Steadfast Connector will stick around regardless of their application.