Family Preservation & Reunification

Family Preservation & Reunification

Family Preservation and Reunification provides clinical services to referred Aboriginal families who are experiencing situations that may place their children at risk. These services are based on an assessed need and are to prevent children from coming into care as well as promoting a safe, timely and lasting reunification of families.

  • Family Preservation: provides in-home services for families

  • Family Reunification: reconnects children with their families through involvement of the child’s caregiver.

  • Emergency Family Response: provides short-term crisis-orientated service to ensure children have immediate support. It also is designated to decrease the length of time a child is in care.

  • Strengthening Family Program: is an evidence based program that is family focused and culturally sensitive. It is intended to strengthen parenting skills, family relationships and children’s social skills and life skill. It is available for families with children ages 6 to 11 years.

VACFSS offers Aboriginal Family Preservation & Reunification Services to:

  • Children

  • Youth

  • Families

  • Caregivers

  • Children and youth with CCO status

Intensive Family Preservation and Reunification Services involve parents, caregivers, children and youth. It is delivered primarily in the family home, caregiver’s home or a site preferred by the family. Each family referred to the service will work with a primary Family Preservation Counselor to ensure continuity of service. The service is time-limited ranging from two (2) to six (6) months and may be extended depending on the circumstances.

VACFSS Aboriginal Family Preservation and Reunification Services are for immediate and extended families to develop a plan that will address child protection issues to prevent children from being removed from the family home. The Program also assists in the reunification of families by providing the following services:

  • Assessment and integrated service planning

  • Services to address concrete needs;

  • Individual and parenting training and education;

  • Therapeutic interventions with individuals, couples and families;

  • Linkages to formal and therapeutic interventions;

  • Specialized individual therapeutic interventions; and

  • Specialized assessment.

Associated Aboriginal Family Preservation and Reunification Services:

  • Group-based therapeutic intervention

  • Child and youth care intervention

  • Self help/mutual aid

  • Volunteer mentoring

  • Supervised visitation

  • In-home services (homemaker services)

Expand for Frequently Asked Questions +/-

Do you work for the Ministry?

No.  We are a non-profit society governed by a Board of Directors made up of Aboriginal people.  Though we are funded mostly by the Ministry, our programs and services are developed and implemented by our board, management and staff to serve the needs of Vancouver’s urban Aboriginal community.

How can I access your services?

All of our clients are referred to us by delegated social workers.  Unfortunately we can’t assist people who come in off the street.  If you feel that you could benefit from our services, talk to your social worker.

What is the difference between preservation and reunification?

Simply put, preservation helps families reduce their risks of child protection involvement, and reunification helps bring families who have experienced child protection involvement back together.  Both use services, agencies and professionals in the community to help families overcome their challenges.

What does it mean if my family needs a Family Preservation and Reunification counselor?

It means that there have been risks identified by a child protection worker and that your family is in need of some assistance in reducing or eliminating that risk.

What is the difference between Family Preservation and Family Support?

Family Support does advocacy for clients, whereas Family Preservation engages the family in an intervention process that focuses on reducing the risks identified by the counselor.