Family Preservation Worker

Full Time Contract Position for one year with possible extension

Location – Kenora


The Family Preservation Worker (FPW) is a full-time contract position. The FPW provides culturally safe and competent services to families to keep families together, enhance the safety of their children and youth to mitigate the risk that precipitates child welfare intervention and addresses the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual needs of their children. The FPW roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, educating parents about childcare and child development, advocating for parents and families, encouraging nurturing behavior and interaction between parents and their children and youth, counselling, engaging traditional practitioners and assisting parents and families in accessing relevant community resources. The FPW reports directly to the Resource Manager Prevention & Family Preservation.


  • BSW preferred with a minimum of two years experience in field however, a combination of related education, experience and skills may be considered
  • Knowledge of Customary Care and the practice of Prevention and Family Preservation, service development, social casework management, member First Nation communities and social structures, Anishinaabe family systems, as well as local customs and traditions
  • Knowledge of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act and Regulations, child protection standards and reasons for service
  • Knowledge of the administrative structure and operations of AAFS including policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Knowledge and understanding of developmental stages of children and youth including the Traditional Life Stages as understood by the northern communities of Treaty No. 3
  • Ability to provide encouragement, support and education to families in order to facilitate positive parent-child relationships, responsibility and accountability to meet the needs of their children and youth, stimulate child development and promote healthy family functioning and lifestyles
  • Ability to act in a liaison and advocacy role for families, work collaboratively with parents to develop and implement a family development plan that supports parents in achieving their goals
  • Ability to assist and teach parents to develop culturally safe and competent strategies to strengthen parenting skills and knowledge, develop an understanding of age-appropriate expectations and discipline, effective coping skills, positive reinforcement in parenting and to identify and utilize their strengths and support networks
  • Ability to conduct family counselling and group conferencing to mitigate the conditions that led to the risk and to the need for intervention
  • Ability to assist and teach transition aged youth life skills, self-responsibility and independence planning
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with children and youth, families, management and staff, community service providers and other organizations
  • Ability to consult with and take direction from the Resource Manager
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive detailed case recordings, reports and case notes
  • Experience working with a computerized data base
  • Excellent time management, organizational, problem-solving, counselling, crisis intervention, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Current First Aid and CPR Certificates an asset
  • Ability to flex daily work hours as determined by the Resource Manager
  • Committed to ensure the highest level of confidentiality at all times
  • Must possess a valid Ontario G Drivers License, be willing to travel and provide a Drivers Abstract, and
  • Ability to speak Anishinaabemowin is preferred and a definite asset.


Include, but not limited to, working in high stress social settings, working with potential aggressive clientele, volatile sociopolitical environments, being called out with no notice to emergency situations, prolonged sitting and driving to semi-remote Anishinaabe communities on rough and winding class “C” roadways and in various weather conditions, exposure to diverse living conditions and community environments and different sociocultural milieus.

AAFS requires all employees, contractors, students, and volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, absent of a valid medical exemption or other reasonable consideration pursuant to the Human Rights Code of Ontario.

Salary Range:  $60,700 – $74,445 annually

Benefits:  This contract position is eligible for 4 weeks paid vacation, Extended Health, Dental, AD&D and Group Life benefits and voluntary participation in the AAFS Pension program.

We are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the First Nations communities that we serve.  Preference will be given to Internal and/or Indigenous applicants. Please self-identify upon applying.

AAFS welcomes and encourages applications from peoples with disabilities.  Accommodations are available upon request.


Manager of Human Resources by Email:

or c/o 20 Main Street South, Kenora, Ontario  P9N 1S7  Fax: (807) 548-1345