The Secwepemc Child and Family Services Agency (SCFSA) was incorporated under the Societies Act on April 28, 1999. Formation started with Chiefs of the seven Bands of the Secwepemc Nation signing and agreeing on the formation of an Agency to meet the needs of child protection for their communities. The purpose of the Agency is to develop a full complement of child protection services on behalf of the following Secwepemc Bands:
- Cstalen (Adams Lake Indian Band)
- Pellt’iq’t (Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band)
- Simpcw (North Thompson Indian Band)
- Sk’atsin (Neskonlith Indian Band)
- Skeetchestn Indian Band
- Stuctwewsemc (Bonaparte Indian Band)
- Tk’emlups te Secwepemc (Kamloops Indian Band)
The agency works in collaboration with these seven bands with regards to child protection and the prevention of abuse and neglect of all Secwepemc children. The ultimate goal is to take over full responsibility of child protection for community members.
In 1998, Secwepemc Child, Family and Community Service Agency Advisory Committee completed the work in preparing a final draft model for the Family and Children Services Program and an implementation plan for program start-up and operation.
Secwepemc CFS signed a Delegation Enabling Agreement on March 6, 2000, to provide Voluntary Services and in 2004 the agency was delegated for Guardianship Services, this resulted in the transfer of a number of children in care from Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). In the summer of 2008 Secwepemc CFSA negotiated a contract with MCFD to begin serving all non-Métis, aboriginal and Inuit people in the Kamloops area and the urban office was opened in August of 2008.
On September 3, 2008 Secwepemc CFS signed a Delegation Confirmation Agreement, providing the Agency with the authority to provide C6 – Child Protection Services on the reserves of Member Bands; and “outside of the Reserves of Member First Nation through Protocols and financial arrangements developed in partnership with the Director and Ministry Region and applicable First Nation or Aboriginal organizations.
Collaborative work and funding from both the Ministry of Children and Family Development and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada have made the Secwepemc Child and Family a fully delegated organization. It is the desire of the communities we serve that Secwepemc Child and Family services be the primary agency for protection of all Secwepemc children.