Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services has been designated as Ontario’s newest children’s aid society. This designation will result in KGCFS assuming child protection services for seven First Nation communities in the Manitoulin area. For the past 20 years KGCFS focused on providing prevention supports and services to First Nations children and families, with protection services provided by the Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin. As part of the designation process there is a transition phase that focuses on mentorship and capacity building before the transfer of jurisdiction for child protection services from one society to the next. “This is a historical milestone for our member First Nations and agency. KGCFS will continue to honour and support our families’ and communities’ inherent authority to care for our children based on unity, traditions, values, beliefs and customs. The services within the integrated community model of protection and prevention services will ensure that children are protected and stay connected with their culture, language and community while strengthening family and community relationship,” said Denise Morrow, executive director of KGCFS.