About NCFS

Nisga’a Child and Family Services has achieved full child protection services for the four communities of Gitlaxt’aamiks, Gitwinksihlkw, Laxgalts’ap and Gingolx. In compliance with CFCSA, and guided by our Ayuuk, four delegated Child Protection workers and one Team Leader ensure that the safety and well-being of children are the utmost priority. NCFS uses a community based approach with a strength based model addressing issues in a manner that is sensitive to the historical impacts on families without minimizing children’s safety. With office located in New Aiyansh (Gitlaxt’aamiks), Terrace and Prince Rupert, NCFS provides both statutory services (an extension of the child welfare law) and non-statutory services (volunteer community services).

Family Support Services

NCFS offers support services for families, which promote sound parenting practices and respite care. Voluntary care agreements allow parents to place their children in a safe, approved home during medical treatment or training. Special Needs agreements ensure the safe care of children with special needs. NCFS also distributes support payments to families for providing foster care for Nisga’a children in Nisga’a family care homes.

Other services include:

  • Family Group Conference Program, which provides a venue for alternative family dispute resolution;
  • Infant Development Program, which benefits children from birth to three years of age by providing support and education for parents;
  • Supported Child Care Development Program, which supports and provides advocacy for children with special needs;
  • Clinical Therapist access for NCFS clients.

NCFS Staffing

Director of Practice for NCFS: Agnes Taylor

Child Safety

 

Cheryl Cooper, Team Leader
Loretta Stewart, Child Safety Social Worker
Renata Moore, Child Safety Social Worker
Janet Nisyok, Child Safety Social Worker
Michael Davis, Child Safety Social Worker
Marsha Moore, Child Safety Social Worker
Abeline Stewart, Resource Social Worker
Sally Nyce, Social Worker Assistant
Vacant, Family Group Conference Coordinator
Charlene Morven, Team Assistant Supervisor
Genna Robinson, Team Assistant

Family Services

 

Joanne Davis, Family Services Program Manager
Laurie Murphy, Child and Family Therapist
Diane Shannon, Child and Family Therapist
Susan Guno, Senior Family Skills Worker
Mary Temple, Family Skills Worker
Leslie Robinson, Youth Worker
Jacqueline Gosnell, Infant Development Coordinator
Cheryl Tait, Supported Child Development Consultant
Shirley Ducharme, Supported Child Development Consultant

Off Nisga’a Lands

Terrace Office

Daphne Stevens, Team Leader
Ruth Demke, Resource Social Worker
Silena Fisher, Guardianship Social Worker
Laura Letourneau, Guardianship Social Worker
Angela Mercer, Guardianship Social Worker
Joyce Bradley, Family Skills Worker
Pamela Brown, Team Assistant
Gail Seymour, Receptionist

Prince Rupert Office

Daphne Stevens, Team Leader
Roberta Smith, Team Assistant

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