Fort St. James Location: (Head Office)

PO Box 1180
700 Stuart Dr. West
Fort St. James, BC
V0J 1P0
Tel: 250.996.6806
Fax: 250.996.6977
Toll Free: 1.866.996.0015

Prince George Location:

1444 - 9th Avenue Prince George, BC, V2L 5N9
Tel: 250.561.0790 Fax: 250.561.1591

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OUR SERVICES

CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES

    • Delegated Team:

The Delegated Team consists of two full time Delegated Managers; one in Fort St. James and one in Prince George; as well as, two Child and Family Service Workers; one in Fort St. James, and one in Prince George.

The Child and Family Services Team provide both delegated and non delegated services.  Delegation is the process by which workers in Aboriginal agencies receive legal authority to carry out duties under the Child, Family and Community Services Act.  A worker receives authority to provide these services from the Provincial Director of Aboriginal Services in Victoria.  Workers must complete training, pass a formal test with at least 80% and successfully complete a field placement prior to receiving delegation to provide these services.

    • Delegated Services include:
      • Voluntary Care Agreements
      • Support Service Agreements
      • Special Needs Agreements 
      • Opening Family Care (Foster) Homes

 

    • Non-Delegated Services:

The Child and Family Services Team also provide a number of non delegated support services such as:

  • Assisting parents to establish plans for the care of their children
  • Attending with Ministry Social Workers during home visits to provide advocacy, support and information to families
  • Attending with Ministry Social Workers during interviews with children
  • Assisting families with family court proceeding
  • Attending with parents to meetings with MCFD Social Workers to ensure the views of the family are heard and considered when decisions are being made
  • Providing information and referrals to community services
  • Advocating on behalf of children and families for services
  • Assisting parents in arranging visits with their children in care
  • Providing on call weekend and after hours services
  • Working with the designated Band Representatives in developing plans for children and families
  • Planning community events

    • Goal of Child and Family Services

  • To ensure children are raised in homes free from violence and abuse, and where their need for food and shelter, love and a sense of belonging are met.
  • To encourage and support positive change through the provision of information,  parenting support and referral to services
  • To empower Nak’azdli and Tl’azt’en families 
  • To reduce the number of children taken into the care of the province 
  • To ensure that each Tl’azt’en and Nak’azdli child know who they are and where they come from

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CULTURAL CONNECTIONS

Our agency strives to ensure children are connected to their culture and roots.  Our programs consist of the following:

  • Community visits—4 times per year (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)
  • Cultural Workshops
  • Life Book Sessions
  • Training for Caregivers
  • Annual Culture Camp
  • Individualized Cultural Plans
  • Cultural Connections Kits
  • Genealogy Packages
  • Welcoming Ceremony
  • Honouring Ceremony
  • Young Warriors Program

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FOSTER CARE

Nezul Be Hunuyeh Child and Family Services has one full time Resource (Foster Care) Worker.  The NBH Foster Care department oversees:

  • Foster Care Recruitment
  • Foster Parent Training
  • Home Studies
  • Foster Care Support
  • Supervision of Family Care (Foster) Homes

What is Foster Care?
Foster Care is part of the holistic services provided to families by Nezul Be Hunuyeh Child and Family Services.
At times, children are unable to reside in their homes and are brought in to the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development to ensure their physical and emotional safety.  While in care, children are placed in foster homes.

The Goal of Foster Care:
To provide a safe, secure, culturally sensitive, nurturing home in the communities for children in care from Tl’azt’en and Nak’azdli.  In most cases, this arrangement is temporary and provides parents with the opportunity to seek assistance to make healthy lifestyle changes.  In some cases, where the parents are unable to make these changes, children may stay in care permanently to age 19.

The Guardianship Worker along with the Resource Worker, the Foster Parents and with input from the family would ensure the child’s development through permanency planning.

Interested in Being a Foster Parent?

As part of the NBH team, all Foster Parents receive continued support through their Foster Care Worker and the Guardianship Worker.

If you are interested in becoming a Foster Parent and/or require more information, please contact the NBH Foster Care Worker.

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FAMILY PRESERVATION PROGRAM

Nezul Be Hunuyeh has two Family Preservation Workers.  This program is funded by MCFD who provide NBH with referrals for family support services.

Family Preservation Workers work one-on-one in the home as well as in group settings on goals identified by the family and the MCFD Worker.  Some of the areas they can work on include:

  • Budgeting
  • Nutrition
  • Parenting
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Anger Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Communication Skills
  • Housing
  • Managing Stress
  • Child Development
  • Legal Forms
  • Healthy Lifestyles

Once NBH receives a referral from the MCFD Worker, a meeting is scheduled with the family to discuss the goals they will be working on and to develop a schedule for meetings.  The Family Preservation Worker then meets with the family on a regular basis to work on the goals identified.  The Family Preservation Worker provides a regular progress report to the MCFD Worker.  The MCFD Worker takes into account the information in the report when making decisions about the family.  Once all the goals have been met, the contract is ended.

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GUARDIANSHIP SERVICES

Nezul Be Hunuyeh has three full time Guardianship Workers.  These workers are the legal guardians of children who have been removed from their families and are in the permanent care of the government.  The Guardianship Workers report to the Delegated Manager.

What does a Guardianship Worker do?

  • Visit with the child a minimum of once a month
  • Makes decisions related to the child’s placement, health, and education.
  • Ensures the child’s physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs are cared for.
  • Develops a plan of care for the child with the input of everyone involved in the child’s life
  • Ensures the child knows their rights
  • Arranges visits with the child’s family
  • Ensures the child has knowledge of and access to their culture
  • Plans for the child’s independence
  • Maintains ongoing contact with foster parents and others involved in the child’s life for planning
  • Develops agreements with youth who are not in care
  • A Guardianship Worker cannot return children to their families without an order from the courts.

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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS:

  • Eagle Nest Program

Eagle Nest is for children 0-5 years old and their parents.  Parents and children are invited to enjoy toys, games, arts and crafts.  Some of the themes are: holistic approach to child development, playing with your child, nutrition, hygiene, culture, crafts, facilitation of language skills and development.

  • Community Wellness Teams

NBH works in partnership with the Nak'azdli Child Welfare Committee and the Tl’azt'en Community Wellness Team. Although each community team is different, they share much in common such as:

  • Prevention: families who have problems, or at risk are identified and approached with offers of support. The goal is to intervene before MCFD needs to become involved. Families are brought in to discuss issues and look at ways to support and strengthen them so that issues do not worsen and involve MCFD. Services for the families may be provided by the team, other band supports and Nezul Be Hunuyeh family service supports. Many families approach the teams directly to ask for help. The teams meet with them to develop plans that outline the services they will receive from team members and Nezul Be Hunuyeh.
  •  Advocacy: team members are usually the first to meet with MCFD workers when they are conducting child protection investigations. The teams become the central focus where MCFD, family and Nezul Be Hunuyeh come together to deal with protection issues and they work to ensure that culture and community values are respected and a part of any plan.
  •  Consultation and Monitoring: the teams have become a valuable resource for providing guidance and insight into difficult cases. Nezul Be Hunuyeh workers frequently consult with the teams to assist them with family service cases and for guidance in supporting the children in the care of the agency. MCFD workers are increasingly approaching the teams for guidance as well. Monitoring cases is another team function that has demonstrated that teams have a powerful voice that helps to hold MCFD accountable.
  • Annual Events
    • Community Christmas
    • Family Picnic
    • Culture Camp
    • Apple Day
    • Clothing Drives
    • Book Drives
  • Cultural Connections
    • Workshops
    • Life Book Sessions
    • Training for Caregivers
    • Annual Culture Camp
    • Individualized Cultural Plans
    • Genealogy Packages
    • Welcoming Ceremony
    • Honouring Ceremony
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