Manitoba Government News Release–A new report from the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre holds promising results for a program that, if widely implemented, would change how Child and Family Services operates. The Family Group Conference pilot program is an Indigenous-led method that takes into account the thoughts and opinions of the family when deciding the fate of a child involved with CFS agencies.
“What it does essentially is it takes the decision-making power away from the child welfare system to the families,” said Diane Redsky, executive director for the Ma Mawi Chi Itata Centre.
Under the program, CFS agencies work in co-operation with organizations like the centre to support families in making decisions related to the care and protection of their children.
The size of the program was tripled in 2017 with a $2.5-million investment and has since been under heavy evaluation by the province.