This model of Customary Care will be implemented only if the child/youth is deemed in need of protection, as identified through a Child Welfare Authority or the Courts and the respective First Nation community, declares that the child/youth be cared for under a Customary Care Agreement, through a Band Council Resolution (BCR).
Customary Care is recognized under Part IV of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017. The First Nation, or Inuit community has the legal right to declare that a First Nations, Inuit or Metis child is being cared for under customary care, a society or entity may grant a subsidy to the person caring for the child. (Part IV, Section 71 of CYFSA).
The Rights of Anishnaabe children and youth are inherent and forever in all our customary care practices. Click here to view Rights Poster.