Kinship connections began at SCFS in May 2014, as a response to the high number of Aboriginal children in care.
The goal is to move children who are in the agency’s care, to permanent out-of-care homes, and to connect them with their family, communities, and culture.
By reaching out to families and communities, we are building bridges and connecting the children and youth back to their roots. Placing children within their families creates a sense of safety and love while they are temporarily away from their parents. Support is provided to the family throughout the placement, assisting them to provide the best care possible.
Kinship workers and family finders work hard on creating kinship connections, and to educate staff, bands, and families about the importance of permanency planning for children.
Permanency planning is finding legal out-of-care living arrangements for the children and youth in care, such as aunts, uncles, grandparents and other extended family.
The family finder will complete an extensive search for the child or youth’s extended family, and begin connecting them back to their families, community, and culture. The family finder will search for placements with extended family prior to the child entering care as well as finding placements for the children and youth who are currently in care.
The kinship worker helps facilitate a relationship between the child and the extended family. The kinship worker is responsible for completing the home study and legal process for children moving to a permanent home. The kinship worker will attend meetings and facilitate communication between the family, child, community professionals and the social worker.