What is Alternative Care?
Alternative Care provides family-based residential care, routine, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual support to children and youth in need of protection and out of home placement, inclusive of:
Alternative Care: The provision on a daily basis of all the essential elements of family life that a child/youth needs. The child/youth can be readily integrated into the alternative caregiver’s family and have their needs met by following the family’s normal daily routines.
Customary Care: Care and supervision of a child/youth by a person who is not the child’s parent, according to the custom of the child’s band or First Nation, or Inuit community.
Kinship Care: Pre-existing relationship between the alternative caregiver and the child/youth that requires out-of-home placement. May be a familial relationship or an adult with no blood relation, clan affiliation, but who has played a significant role in the life of the affected child/youth.
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).