Delegation of Officers for ACCFS:
The Province of Saskatchewan have, under the Director of Social Services, provided a letter giving full delegation to the Director and Case Managers of the Agency Chiefs Child and Family Services; it will be void for any employee that resigns, is released or is terminated from their position. 

The full delegation of authority will continue with the Agency Chiefs Child and Family Services with all the said employees even in the absence of the Director and continue for the new Director once employed by the Agency.  Full delegation will be included with the transfer of the Child and Family services program to the Agency Chiefs Child and Family Services according to Section 61 of the Child & Family Services Act.  This full delegation will provide the Agency Chiefs Child and Family Services the full authority to act on child abuse concerns within the Pelican Band, Witchekan Band, and Big River Band.  The delegations of authority will be recognized throughout Saskatchewan, Canada and the United States of America for the band members of the three bands.  This delegation of authority can be directed to Non-natives, Metis and other band members from Canada and the United States of America who reside on the reserve lands for the best interest of all children. 

The services that will be available to the families under the Agency Chiefs Child and Family Services are the following:

Prevention Services:  Under a family support agreement with the Agency chiefs and the parents/guardians, available resources will be delivered and implemented for the families involved.  The support agreement will be based on a one month to six months in duration.  Children will remain in their homes with the parents and with resources coming into the home to ensure that the family remains secure, safe and stable.  The support agreement can be renewed prior to the termination date.  The families are not penalized for this agreement.  In home family support resources that can be utilized are the following:

  • Counseling services
  • Community health representatives
  • Family support worker
  • Family violence worker
  • Elders
  • Parent aide worker
  • Alcohol and drug abuse counselor

Protection Services:  The protection services are more intrusive with the family unit.  Children are removed either voluntarily or through apprehensions and placed in an alternate placement commonly known as foster care.  The Agency Chiefs Child and Family Services will provide foster care placement with extended family members to ensure that the children remain in their own environment and to continue with their culture and Native dialect.  All foster homes will be assessed and licensed according to provincial standards.  Children in care will be closely monitored to ensure they are safe, secure and have a stable environment.  If no extended family members are available, other band members will be considered to foster the children until such time the parents can resume the care of their children.  Children and parents will be offered to design their own service plan on how to resolve their social problems.  The case manager will be instrumental in helping the parents design and implement the service plan.  The case manager will ask the parents who they wish to include in a family circle.  The family circle will be composition of individuals from the home band where the parents reside.  The individuals will offer their opinions and help to the parents in order to resolve their social problems that are interfering with their parenting.

Once children are in care:
Voluntary Agreements:  The parents sign over the custody of the children to Agency Chiefs Child and Family Services.  Guardianship remains with the parents and child is in a foster home placement.  All parenting responsibilities are now the responsibility of the Director.  The parents can still sign for medical emergencies or give the Director the permission to sign for medical emergencies on behalf of their children.  These agreements are mutual agreements between the two parties, the Director and the parents/guardians, which can be canceled with a two week notice to either party.  The duration of the agreements can be between one month to six months in length.  This will depend on the parents need for the services.

Court Orders:  All court orders are ordered from the family court judge.  The court orders are honored from province to province.  The court orders are very intrusive to Native families because of their fear of going to court.  The court orders vary in the intrusiveness it will provide.  Parents are focused to address their problems in a public setting.  Court orders can be obtained in a court room to address chronic child abuse problems with or without the presence of the parents only when other alternatives have been exhausted.  When a case manager feels that children are at risk due to their investigation on the home and parents, the case manager can apprehend on an emergency basis.

Temporary Guardianship Order:  This order temporarily removes the parent’s guardianship and custody of their children.  The child/children are removed from their home and placed in a foster home by a court order.  Parents are served court documents stating the reasons for the removal and the case manager’s intentions on how to resolve the parent’s social problem.  The parents are given the right to contest this application by obtaining legal representation from a lawyer.  Therefore, this application can be either contested or with consent from the parents.  The duration of this order can vary with the situation.  Some last from one week to a year to rectify the situation due to severity of the child abuse.

Supervision Order:  Child/children remain with the parents but are ordered from the court various conditions to follow.  The conditions are monitored on the court review day or can be reviewed earlier by re-application to the courts for the supervision order to be altered with other conditions.  The conditions are ways to resolve the social problems that the parents are enduring during that period.  Children remain in the home while the parents obtain services from other community resources. 

Long Term Order:  The parents custody is removed from them due fact that they are not prepared to care for the children at this time and there is a possible time of returning the children to their care in the future.  The children will remain at risk if in their care or if the parents cannot or will not rehabilitate themselves in o5rder to resume care.  Parents can apply to court for the children’s return if circumstances improve.  The children’s parents are deceased and no other care giver comes forth to care for the children.

Persons of Sufficient Interest (PSI):  Members of extended families, friends or interested persons can apply to have the court return the child to them after apprehension.

Permanent Order:  Parental rights are removed on a permanent basis because of the fact that the parents are incapable of caring for their children at this given time.  No person is available for the child and this order is used as the last resort.

All the agreements and court orders are subject to case management for records to be observed through auditing and future references by Child and Family Services whether at Band Level, Provincial Social Services and Canada.

For more information contact:
A.C. Child & Family Services
P.O. Box 329
Spiritwood, Saskatchewan  S0J 2M0
Tel: (306) 883 3345     Fax: (306) 883 3838
24 hr toll-free: 1 888 225 2244

 
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