Province proposes Child and Family Services Amendment Act (Taking Care of Our Children)

Changes will lead to development of culturally-cpecific models of customary care: Fielding

The Manitoba government has introduced initial amendments to The Child and Family Services (CFS) Act that would allow Indigenous communities to create care plans for children that recognize and reflect their unique customs, Families Minister Scott Fielding announced today.

“Supporting customary care is a key aspect of Manitoba’s overall plan to transform child welfare,” said Fielding. “These ground-breaking amendments are a first step to allow for more community decision-making and greater support for families and children. This allows a shift to greater extended family and community involvement in the care of and upbringing of the children from that community in a way that preserves cultural identity and respects their heritage.”

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