On April 1, 2012 Kina Gbezhgomi Child And Family Services transferred the direct service delivery and management of the prevention services inclusive of family and community support services to the First Nations. Each of the First Nations and Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services has a Contribution Agreement outlining the roles and responsibilities of the agency and First Nation in this collaborative partnership inclusive of agency support and training, funding arrangements, service and financial reporting. Kina Gbezhgomi Child And Family Services completed this process as a transition phase to a fully integrated child welfare model in preparation for designation as a child welfare agency, and also to reflect the membership requests in relation to First Nation community based delivery of prevention services.
Kina Gbezhgomi Child And Family Services will honour and support our family’s and community’s inherent authority to care for their children based on unity, traditions, values, beliefs and customs.
Our services ensure children are protected and stay connected with their culture, language and community while strengthening family and community relationships.
Kina Gbezhgomi’s Service Principles
All Prevention and Child Welfare Services delivered are culturally based utilizing traditions and practices that strengthen cultural identity for children and families.
All Prevention and Child Welfare Services delivered will support children remaining in their communities with healthy caregivers to stay connected with their roots, culture and language.
Child Welfare Services will be family-centred and family-focused while not compromising the safety and well-being of the child.
Child Welfare Services will use innovative, collaborative processes that empower children, families and communities to participate in all aspects of case planning and decision making.
All Prevention and Child Welfare Services will place emphasis on supporting families based on honest and open communication to create relationships and partnerships.
Who We Serve
We serve the following First Nations:
- Whitefish River First Nation
- Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation
- Sheguiandah First Nation
- M’Chigeeng First Nation
- Sheshegwaning First Nation
- Zhiibaahaasing First Nation
- Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve
There is unique programming occurring with each First Nation community and the services generally encompass services within our general prevention service guidelines.
Community Support Services
The Community Support Services program encompasses support/prevention services that are designed for and provided to the First Nation member communities. These services include:
- Advocacy and referral
- Cultural Awareness
- Community Education Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
- Life Skills
- Support and Counselling Services
- Family and Parent Education
Family Support Services
The purpose of this service is to provide services to support, address, and prevent child welfare matters.
- Individual and Family Support and direct services
- Assessment and Service Planning for individual and families
- Advocacy and Liaison Services
- Educational and Skill development and planning
- Information and Referral Services and planning
- Tangible Support Services and planning
- Service Planning and Conference involvement as it relates to Child Welfare, Court and Plans of Care
- Collaborative and planning Services
- After Hours Services related to Child Welfare matters