It is recognized that from time to time families may require support in raising their children.  If all attempts to assist breakdown, we may have to further assist with a placement outside the home for a period of time.  In the context of services to families and children, we firmly believe our children are a sacred gift from the Creator and the responsibility for the care, protection and nurturing of our children extends to all Anishinaabe People in our Tribal area.

The guiding principles of our child protection mandate requires adherence to the following:

  1. recognition of the inherent right of First Nations to exercise their customs to protect children and provide for their best interests and their well being
  2. will provide child welfare services in collaboration with First Nations and customary caregivers Part X of the CFSA
  3. will provide services under Part X and will meet all the standards, policies and procedures set for services under CFSA - Part III
  4. the standards for children placed in Customary Care will be consistent with Anishinaabe Abinoojii Family Services Alternative Care standards

Our guide to practice, consistent with providing child protection services in a Customary Care fashion, is based on the following standards:

  1. the removal of children from their home can be highly destructive and must be undertaken as a last resort
  2. where children must be removed from their home, the first choice of alternative placement should be with appropriate members of their extended families
  3. if placement with a member of the child's extended family is not possible, the child should be placed with other members of the same community, if possible
  4. whenever possible, placement must be undertaken on a voluntary basis
  5. the court and other external agencies, such as police, should be involved when all other avenues have been exhausted
  6. the child's own family, including siblings and parents, extended family and other people in the child's community, including Chief and Council, Family Services Committees and Elders should be involved in the decision making around admission to care, placement and the plan of care for that child
  7. placement outside the home should be on a temporary bases, whenever possible, while the family has the opportunity and support to resolve their problems

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