The Child and Family Services Program areas include:
Child Protection Services
Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of a child and the responsibility shared by every member of the community. C.F.S. provides a wide range of services to support families and protect children. The agency will work with the families to meet the needs of their children. When parents are unable and unwilling to provide their children with appropriate protections, are and supervision, it is necessary to take the right steps to ensure the child’s needs are being adequately met. Childs protection services are provided by the Child and Family Services under the authority of The Child and Family Services Act.
Child Prevention Services
- Promoting the development and well-being of First Nations children, youth and families
- Support families and provide coordinated Enhanced Prevention Services to create a foundation for children and youth to grow and reach their full potential.
- Keeping First Nations children, youth and families safe and protected.
- First Nation children and youth in need are protected and supported in culturally relevant, permanent and nurturing relationships.
- Working with communities to build relationships, promote family well-being, shared planning and decision making to improve First Nations children, youth and family well-being.
- FNCFS agencies and First Nation communities are responsive to the needs of vulnerable children, youth families.
The overall aim of these strategies and activities is to increase prevention at the family and community level and so to reduce the need for child protection interventions. Enhanced Prevention activities have now been established as core programming at the FNs.
Alternate/Foster Care Services
People who offer to be Alternate/Foster care givers offer more than a bed and food for the child. They are opening up their home and family to include another person. They recognize that this child may have unique and special needs. They are willing to commit time to helping the child. Alternate care givers recognize their role in the child’s life and support the process of reunifying the family. They become partners in a care plan, accepting their responsibility in the community.
Family Connections Services
Family Connections supports families by providing the resources and support to help families to reconnect or locate family members.
The Family Support Program provides a short term intensive intervention by providing support and preventive services to any community members who may feel they need the services of Family Support, when they are in situations they may feel are beyond their abilities to handle. This is a voluntary service.Youth Development Program
- Support First Nation with creating, maintaining youth programming;
- Partners and support other MLTC Programs, such as Health Promotions, Community Counselling and Wellness Program; Crisis Response Support, Sports and Youth and Education;
- Distributing resources, example. Educators for Social Responsibility, Reclaiming Youth, Circle of Courage, Violence Prevention, Self Esteem Information, Developmental Assistance, and Search Institute; and
- Support to communities for team building and prevention programming.
- National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy
The MLTC Sport Program promotes healthy lifestyles and allows the youth the opportunity to enhance their physical, social, mental, and emotional abilities through participation in Sports and Recreation events.
MLTC partners with numerous organizations such as Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Sports, Culture and Recreation Board, Sask Sports, Provincial sport governing bodies and Saskatchewan Lotteries to plan safe, fun and beneficial Sport and Recreation programs for First Nations youth.
Administrative support staff to MLTC Child & family Services includes five staff; three administrative support staff, one data analyst, one executive assistant. They provide support to twenty five CFS staff and maintain files and records for the nine First Nations.