The department serves to be actively involved in providing support and advocacy to those Ermineskin Member parents and children that have involvement with Delegated First Nation Authorities (DFNA) or Child and Family Services (CFS). This would be at all levels of involvement from Intake to Permanent Guardianship. We advocate for least intrusive measures for our families that have involvement and request for parents and family support to be brought in sooner. We also advocate and support children going home to parent(s) and we also search for family for placement options.
The department will continue to maintain positive, collaborative, working relationships with DFNA’s and CFS to improve services to Ermineskin children in care. We provide consultation to DFNA/CFS staff to assist with planning to ensure that the children in care are being connected to parents, family, culture, traditions, spirituality, and language. We assist with brief prevention services to parents that have DFNA/CFS involvement and to those children in care. We advocate, support, and connect parents to resources, and Legal Services available to help them through the court process such as Legal Aid, Duty Counsel, Native Counselling Services. We can also assist children and youth with mentorship, one to one work, connection to resources and programs available.
Child Welfare Research Consultant: Chrystal Hill
Youth & Family Support Worker: Stephanie Littlechild
Child Welfare Assistant: Debra Strongman