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New protocol welcomes new child services agency

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Compiled by Shari Narine







Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services signed a revised protocol concerning the delivery of Child and Family Services. This is the first time that DBCFS is a signatory to this agreement. The signing of this protocol signifies the renewed commitment between the seven First Nation communities, DBCFS and the five children’s aid societies in that jurisdiction to continue to work cooperatively when child welfare concerns arise within one of the First Nation territories. It extends to members who live outside the First Nation community.

Already a successful document for 10 years, the renewed version will guide the CAS and First Nation communities through the transition period towards the designation of DBCFS. “The child welfare system supports an agenda for sustainable Aboriginal and First Nations, Metis and Inuit child welfare services. This revised protocol is an important next step in the transition of DBCFS towards designation as a mandated child and family services agency,” said Jennifer Wilson, executive director of the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society, a signatory to the protocol.