Guardianship

Guardianship

The Guardianship Program delivers services to Aboriginal Children and Youth who are in long term or continuing care as a result of a Child Custody Order granted under the CF&CS Act, or an order under the Family Relations Act when a child has no parent or guardian.The Guardianship Program has parental duties and responsibilities towards our children and youth and is responsible for their care, custody and guardianship.

Guardianship of our children and youth involves their physical care and decision-making responsibility concerning such areas as residential care placement, education, health and emotional and behavioral development. The key decisions Guardianship Social Workers make with supervisory approval is reflected in the plan of care which includes a cultural plan for our children and youth, moving a child from one placement to another, making a decision to cancel a Continuing Custody Order, developing a plan for independence for a youth in Continuing Custody.

In our traditional Aboriginal culture it is understood that the honour of raising a child is to be shared by many members of the community. Guardianship Social Workers work closely with Resource Social Workers, caregivers, the child’s/youth’s family, the child’s/youth’s Aboriginal Community, the Public Guardian and Trustee, MCFD Social Workers, Child and Youth Mental Health Workers, the police, school professionals and other services providers to keep the child’s needs and best interests at the centre of planning and decision making and to ensure the child’s safety and well being.

We believe in the uniqueness and the special gifts that each of our children and youth possess. We want to ensure that our children and youth have a sense of belonging so they can move forward in their lives. They truly are gifts from the Creator.