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Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

Family Support Services Agreements may be provided for a term (renewable) of up to 6 months may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Services for Children and Youth

  • Counseling

  • In-home Support

  • Respite Care

  • Parenting Programs

  • Voluntary Care Agreements

All services are provided on a voluntary basis recognizing that it is the parent who knows best what services may meet their child or family’s needs. Some services are offered directly to the family at their home while other services may provide substitution care for a child outside the family home.

FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Collaborative & Forward-looking

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAM

NIFCS has implemented an evidence-based parenting program aimed at strengthening parenting skills and family connection.
The Strengthening Families Program involves the whole family and they learn new ways of communicating with each other, dealing with peer pressure and setting rules and consequences, while still showing love. Lessons are taught through easy to follow videos, activities and fun games for kids, so it doesn’t feel like school! Share a meal and have family fun time together.

SPECIAL NEEDS AGREEMENT

If a child has been diagnosed with a permanent or long-term severe or developmental disability or identified as at risk for developmental delay, a family may be eligible for extra assistance.

VOLUNTARY CARE AGREEMENT

We see every challenge as an opportunity, and this initiative helps us ensure that our partners are better prepared to manage the unique situations they find themselves in. We are invested in an innovative approach that empowers our community and delivers the support they need, when they need it.

CHILD AND YOUTH SAFETY

As a C6 delegated Agency, NIFCS will be responsible to review, assess, and investigate reports of child abuse, neglect, or exploitation of children for the children and families living on Member Band Reserves. When this happens, NIFCS will have a dedicated intake worker to:

• Respond to community member inquiries for service.
• Receive and assess any reports of concern for a child’s health or safety.

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NIFCS is committed to working collaboratively and inclusively with the family, extended family and community guided by the community protocols in place (currently under development). Check back here for the final protocols when ready.

EXTENDED FAMILY PROGRAM

When circumstances prevent a child from living with parents, the preferred option is for the child to be cared for by someone they know. This usually means an immediate family member – a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or an older sibling – it can also include someone with an established relationship or cultural connection to the child and their family. NIFCS may offer a child’s Caregivers financial help and other support services as required.

YOUTH AGREEMENT

This agreement can provide supports to youth (up to the age of 19) who are not able to reside with their family or whose parents are unable to assist and provide residential, financial or educational support.