Delegated Child & Family Service Agencies

  

 MCFD has a variety of initiatives underway to address the number of Aboriginal children in care. This includes the development of agreements between the province and First Nations communities and Aboriginal organizations to return historic responsibilities for child protection and family support to Aboriginal communities. These agreements are known as delegation agreements.

  

Through delegation agreements, the Provincial Director of Child Protection (the Director) gives authority to Aboriginal agencies, and their employees, to undertake administration of all or parts of the Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCSA). The amount of responsibility undertaken by each agency is the result of negotiations between the ministry and the Aboriginal community served by the agency, and the level of delegation provided by the Director. The ministry is working with Aboriginal communities to develop their capacity to carry out these responsibilities.

  

Currently, there are 22 delegated agencies with various levels of delegation: one is in start up phase; three can provide voluntary services and recruit and approve foster homes; 11 have the additional delegation necessary to provide guardianship services for children in continuing care; and nine have the delegation required to provide, in addition to the above, full child protection, including the authority to investigate reports and remove children.

  

Currently, MCSBC is in the start up phase, however, has completed much of the planning process to become a delegated agency.

  

Further, MCSBC is a leader in training and mentoring social workers, with a co-location agreement in place, where MCFD workers are located at the MCSBC office. This offers a unique way to teach the Métis culture and traditions, while integrating the workers into the wraparound team style that makes MCSBC so successful.

  

For more information and to see the MCFD planning process go to: 

http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/about_us/aboriginal/delegated/delegation_process.htm  

  

 

  

  

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