Introduction

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Volume 1: Agency Standards
Chapter 2: Service to Families
  Introduction
Approved: 2005/01/01
Last revised: 2011/08/12

 

Chapter 2 of Volume 1 contains provincial standards for services to families under Part II of The Child and Family Services Act.

Chapter Content
Legislation
Policy
Standards

Chapter Content

Chapter 2 is divided into seven sections as follows:

Section 1 – Community Involvement
Section 2 – Voluntary Family Services
Section 3 – Child Care Services
Section 4 – Homemaker and Parent Aide Services
Section 5 – Voluntary Placement of Children
Section 6 – Family Service Agreements - To be completed
Section 7 – Voluntary Surrender of Guardianship

 

When applicable, the sections to be added to this manual will replace existing policies and standards available through the Child Protection Branch.

Legislation

The Child and Family Services Act
The Child and Family Services Authorities Act

The Child and Family Services Act

Child and family services agencies have a duty under section 7 of The Child and Family Services Act to provide family counselling, guidance and other services to prevent circumstances requiring the placement of children and for the protection of children.

 

Part II of the Act provides for the following services:

Section 9 – services to families and minor parents

Section 10 – special needs and emergency assistance

Section 12 – day care services and suitable alternatives

Section 13 – homemaker and parent aide services with the consent or in the absence of a parent or guardian

Section 14 – voluntary placement of children

Section 16 – voluntary surrender of children by parents or a mother

 

The Child and Family Services Authorities Act

Section 19 of The Child and Family Services Authorities Act lists the duties and powers of child and family services authorities. Clauses (a) and (h) pertain to services to families.

 

Part 2 of the Child and Family Services Authorities Regulation pertains to the authority determination protocol (ADP). Under subsection 4(1), adult members of a family are entitled to choose an authority of service. If a person or family does not chose their culturally appropriate authority as their authority of service, subsection 6(1) requires their written consent to advise the culturally appropriate authority of their choice.

 

Under section 14 of the regulation, the authorities share with the director the duty under clause 4(1)(a) of The Child and Family Services Act to administer and enforce the Act.

Policy

While child and family services agencies have a duty under section 7 of The Child and Family Services Act to provide services to families, for the most part, they have discretion under Part II of the Act as to when and how these services are provided. You will find more information on this under Services to Families in Section 1.2.3, Voluntary Family Services.

 

Consistent with the intent of the Act, service decisions should be based on the needs of the family within the services and resources available to the agency with the goal of preserving and strengthening the family unit.

Standards

The provincial standards in this chapter are minimum requirements for services to families under Part II of The Child and Family Services Act.

Agencies are also required to follow culturally appropriate standards developed by their respective mandating authorities pursuant to section 19 of The Child and Family Services Authorities Act.