Niijaansinaanik Child and Family Service Agency is licensed by the Ministry of Children Community and Social Services as a Licensed Foster Care Operator under the Child Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA).

Niijaansinaanik Alternative Care Program is a Family-based Model that puts the child’s needs at the center and ensures that services are provided in a holistic cultural approach. It is a firm belief that children/youth will be seen, heard and respected. The Alternative Care Program will provide services that are rooted in the cultural values and beliefs and as such ensure that both the Alternative Caregivers and the children/youth in the home receive culturally appropriate, holistic services that encompass the child/youth’s mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

The Rights of Anishinaabe children are inherent and forever in all our customary care practices. View Rights of Anishinaabe children here.

The Alternative Care Program provides family based residential care for children/youth in need of protection and out of home placement inclusive of:

  • Alternative Care

  • Customary Care

  • Kinship Care

  • Relief/Emergency

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Pre-Service training for new Alternative Caregivers and applicants who are in the process of becoming an Alternative Caregivers is available. The training is customized to blend both the provincial guidelines (SAFE curriculum) and Indigenous cultural practices and values (SPIRIT curriculum).  The agency will facilitate the next Pre-Service Training in the Spring 2020.

Parenting Pre-Service Training

A “Heart & Spirit” course was developed by our agency to balance western parenting techniques and knowledge with Indigenous traditional parenting roles, teachings and practices Alternative Care parents and participants. Ceremony, intellectual and experiential learning is the basis for this 4-part session.