Kanaweyimik receives funding from Federal Government to provide child protection and family support services on reserve. These services include: child abuse investigations and assessments, parent aides, parenting classes, cultural activities, foster homes, youth prevention program, cultural camps and wellness activities. This program is similar to social services but services are culturally appropriate and community based. Parents are offered our new approach to protection services for children at risk of harm. When a risk assessment has rated high or very high risk of harm to children, children have to be removed from parental care but we have been offering parents choices. They can either voluntarily leave their home and the children can stay in the home with a relative who we pay to keep them while the parents attend programs at Kanaweyimik or the children are removed and placed in a foster home. Some parents are agreeing to leave the home and this is resulting in quicker family reunification as the parents have to work their way home. This approach is less traumatic for the children and we commend the parents who have chosen this way. Emergency services are provided after hours and on weekends/holidays. Emergency worker for member communities can be contacted by calling 445-3500.
Kanaweyimik has also entered into a separate agreement with the Ministry of Social Services for case transfers from the department. These are children in care of the department off-reserve in other urban areas. A formula was agreed to which provides agencies with dollars to cover the costs associated with case transfers. When a case is transferred to Kanaweyimik, we are required to monitor and case manage the transferred files.