With offices located in 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).
In providing C3 services, NCFS may provide.
- counseling which promote sound parenting practices to support eligible persons who experience or who are directly or indirectly affected by family violence or dysfunctional family environments, and providing eligible persons with the knowledge of and the ability to be empowered by the role of the family, extended family and the Wilp;
- in-home support to assist parents in organizing and maintaining the family unit and carrying out parental responsibilities
- respite care to relieve parents temporarily from parental responsibilities in order to allow for their recovery from the stress and challenges of parenting;
- parenting, budgeting and life skills;
- other child & family services determined by NCFS
In carrying out C4, example of how NCFS will be assessing the child’s needs will be to ensure:
- the safety and well-being of the child
- the best interests of the child
- that the rights of the child are affirmed and respected
- consulting with the child and actively seeking the child’s view
- involving the child’s family extended family and community in assessing the needs and in planning for the child’s care
- creating a comprehensive plan of care and reviewing every six months.
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 0–3 years of age by providing support and education for parents; and
- Supported Child Care Development Program, which supports and provides advocacy for children with special needs.
In addition, NCFS surplus funds provide resources for the following NLG programs:
- Youth Worker Program
- Recreation Program
- Community Workshops, and
- Family Support Services
A foster parent is someone who provides temporary care to a child who is unable to live with his or her natural family and is in the care of Nisga’a Child and Family service. Foster parents provide a stable and supportive home for a child for however long he or she needs to be in care.
Are you interested in being a foster parent? If yes, open the power point presentation attached to find out more info.