Family Preservation and Maternal Child Health (On Reserve)

The Family Preservation and Maternal Child Health Program provides services to families living on reserve in Sai'kuz, Nadleh Whut'en, Stellat'en, Takla, Yekooche, Lake Babine Nation, Burns Lake Band, Wet'suwet'en, Nee Tahi Buhn, Skin Tyee and Cheslatta. We concurrently provide: early childhood development programming; support to families who are considering having a family; families with young children; and families with older children. Our program provides families with access to support and resources to ensure the holistic wellness and safety needs of their children are met. The goal of our program is to keep children and families together and increase the family's ability to safely care and nurture their children.

The period from conception to 6 years of age has the most influence of any period of time on brain development, behaviour and health. Our maternal child health stream of services focuses on mind, body and spirit while building on the strengths and capacities of pregnant women, parents and families with children – within the context of their community.

Based on the lifecycle model, we provide support to families from preconception until a child in the home is 19 years of age or older. Support may be provided in the family's home, in the community, or at the office of a variety of other service providers. Regular hours of service are from 8:30am- 4:30pm, Monday to Friday, with exception to all statutory holidays on which we are closed.

Our program is co-funded by the Ministry of Child and Family Development and the First Nations Health Authority. Services are voluntary and free of charge to clients who fit within our mandate of service provision. We receive referrals from clients themselves and also from Social Workers, Medical Professionals, Legal Professionals, Child Care Providers, Teachers, Principals, Counsellors and Women's Shelters, or any other source.

Some of the specific services provided are outlined below:

  • Advocacy and support for families so they know and understand their legal rights and due process when involved with the Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • Support to set and achieve goals to address child protection concerns or life skills goals directed at family wellbeing
  • Referrals to other programs and resources, which may be of benefit to meeting goals (such as counselling, treatment, health care needs, legal support, etc.)
  • Life skills and parenting education, one-on-one, or in groups
  • Family events, and support groups
  • Pre-natal, early childhood and ages and stages development support and education

Our program is built on the acknowledgement that although our communities have faced great challenges with colonization, the 60's scoop, and intergenerational residential school effects, resilience will still prevail. Support and programming which is client driven and based on culture, tradition and evidence based best practices is key to providing families with the tools they need to reach their holistic wellness goals. Our services are tailored for each family based on their own Nation of origin as well as the cultural practices that they feel is a best fit for them. We include traditional knowledge keepers wherever possible to share their knowledge and wisdom with our clients. Families who access our services are supported to ensure that children's wellness needs are met in all areas of their lives.  A family living in a state of wellbeing, which is balanced and in keeping with cultural traditions, will ensure that strong and healthy children grow up to lead our future generations.

For more information about our program, contact:

Family Preservation & Maternal Child Health
987 4th Ave
Prince George, BC
V2L 3H7

Phone: 250-562-3591
Toll Free: 1-800-889-6855

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