What We Do
Our programs and services are created and delivered with the support of our Elders Advisory Council with special attention on strengthening culture and identity, while honoring the strength of families.
We strive to work in a holistic way to keep families together and reintegrate children back with their families and extended families.
Our service delivery is done with an open heart and an open mind focusing on the best interest of the family while keeping children at the center.
We work to ensure children are connected to their family, and community while striving to ensure their inherent rights to heritage and identity are upheld in all we do.
We work with 17 First Nations Communities and with the youth and families in urban communities, or lats’ó:lmexw (away from home) families, we are blessed to serve. Youth and families in urban communities account for 85 per cent of our work.
We operate with offices located in Agassiz, Chilliwack (our head office), Mission, Abbotsford, Langley and Surrey. Currently we have offices in the following Indigenous Communities: Chowéthel, Xwchi:yó:m, Leq’a:mel, Sxwoyehá:lá, Shxwhá:y, and Ch’iyáqtel First Nations. Our goal is to have lease agreements in all 17 member Communities.
We meet monthly with Designated Representatives to ensure communities voices are heard. We are signatories in Information sharing agreements with Chiefs all 17 member communities, and the Province so every community knows where their children are in British Columbia.
The away from home children, youth and families we are blessed to serve accounts for 85+ per cent of our work. Staff work to ensure that they are following the new Federal Legislation C 92 – An Act Representing First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Children in planning with these communities.
Under the Child, Family and Community Services Act all individuals have a legal responsibility to make a report if they have reason to believe that a child has been or is likely to be, physically harmed, sexually abused or sexually exploited by a parent or other person, or need protection.
The After Hours Provincial Helpline for Children is:
Anyone can call for help, including children.
Your call will be answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The following are resources and support services available in British Columbia: