Our Guardianship program provides delegated social workers to work with children who are in care, and are from the 11 communities we serve. We also work with foster parents and group home staff through contracts so they can provide day-to-day guardianship to children in care. In a family service capacity we may work with any family living on one of our member reserves who requests services and meets the criteria for service.
The majority of our client paperwork is completed within our agency offices. We also meet with children and families in their homes, foster homes and group homes. As the guardians of the children, we also attend appointments in the community (ex. court house, doctor's offices, schools, hospital, etc.) to ensure the wellbeing of our children in care. Due to the nature of our work with families, we work with individuals on all areas of the life cycle.
Our main hours of service are Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM; however, many social workers have flexible hours at times to accommodate evening meetings, home visits or crisis situations (i.e. If a child needs to be taken to the hospital). We also have flexible hours to attend community events which often take place during weekends.
We provide on-going services for the children-in-care we work with as well as resource support to foster homes and group homes. We meet with our foster families every 90 days and with our children-in-care every 30 days. Some children-in-care are seen more often (bi-weekly) due to high needs.
The Provincial Director of Child Protection gives authority to approved Aboriginal agencies to be responsible for parts of the Child, Family & Community Services Act. Currently, CSFS is able to provide voluntary care services on-reserve, recruit and approve foster homes, and provide guardianship for children in continuing care.
Direct guardianship services are provided to children-in-care where a continuing custody order has been granted and when they are members of one of our member communities. Family support services such as respite, voluntary care agreements, special needs agreements, youth agreements, are provided directly to clients through self-referrals or when a request is made by MCFD or another delegated Aboriginal Agency; however, the client must be willing to engage in the service as this is a voluntary service provide by our agency as per our C3 delegation. Home studies and contract supports and services are provided directly to foster homes/group homes.
Our delivery of service is guided through the AOPSI standards as well as the Ministry of Children and Family Development Standards and Practice Guidelines. We are funded through the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) as well as through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC).
835 3rd Ave
Prince George, BC
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PO Box 1219
240 West Stewart Street
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PO Box 1475
653 Highway 16 West
Burns Lake, BC
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