Support for Families and Youth

Programs and Services

Abuse Registries
Online form portal for both the Child Abuse Registry check and the Adult Abuse Registry check, including essential information and directions for each submission process.

Adoption is the process through which a child becomes a permanent part of a new family. To adopt a child in Manitoba you must be a Manitoba resident 18 years of age or older. Either a mandated child and family services agency or licensed adoption agency must do a homestudy assessment of your ability to parent.

After making the decision to adopt, applying is the first step. For adoption of permanent wards, you need to apply to your local child and family services agency. For all other kinds of adoptions, you may apply to a licensed adoption agency or a child and family services agency.

Child and Family Services
The child and family services (CFS) system helps to ensure that families and communities provide for the safety and well-being of their children.

If you think a child is being harmed or neglected, contact CFS at 1-866-345-9241.
Note: If this is an emergency, contact your local police emergency number.

If you are a parent in need of support with your children, contact the number above to get information about CFS in your area or see CFS Contacts.

Child Protection
The Child and Family Services Branch supports a network of mandated agencies overseen by four Authorities to provide quality services that:

  • protect and ensure the safety of children
  • strengthen families to enable children to have nurturing caregivers that provide opportunities to establish life long relationships; and
  • engage communities to resolve issues that affect the safety and well-being of children.

Services are provided to communities, families and children. Services include counselling; education; emergency assistance; practical support; treatment; and temporary care, including foster care or residential care, while issues are being resolved, and appropriate permanent care, including adoption, when reunification is no longer possible.

Child and Youth Programs
With its community partners, the Province of Manitoba, has developed a network of supports and strategies for children, youth and families. Learn more

Gender-Based Violence Program
If you are in an abusive relationship, or you know someone who may be, call 1-877-977-0007 or text 204-792-5302 or 204-805-6682.

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Foster Care
A child who is not able to live with their birth family needs and deserves a caring and supportive home.

Single persons or couples, with or without children, can apply to become foster families.

If you think you have the special qualities and time to become a foster family or want more information on fostering, contact The Kinship & Foster Family Network or your local child and family services provider. A worker will explain the foster program to you in detail and answer any specific questions you may have.

Manitoba Post Adoption Services
Manitoba Post-Adoption Services assists adult adoptees and their immediate birth family members with information and reunification services, as legislated by Manitoba’s Adoption Act.



Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts of the brain and body to individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD is a lifelong disability. The FASD resource page includes information on prevention and supports.

Gender-Based Violence Resources and Supports Available in Manitoba

Safe Sleep for Your Baby