First Nations Child and Family Services Program

The First Nations Child and Family Services (FNCFS) program provides funding to assist in ensuring the safety and well-being of First Nations children on reserve by supporting culturally appropriate prevention and protection services for First Nations children and their families. These services are provided in accordance with the legislation and standards of the province or territory of residence and in a manner that is reasonably comparable to those available to other provincial residents in similar circumstances, within Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) program authorities.

Funding under the First Nations Child and Family Services program is provided according to several funding models across the country. Each model provides for the delivery of protection and prevention services to improve the safety and well-being of First Nations children on reserve. As provinces have shifted to a greater emphasis on enhanced prevention in their own approaches, AANDC has moved forward with willing partners in taking concrete actions to implement an enhanced prevention approach to funding child and family services on reserve. AANDC continues to share lessons learned and remains willing to work with other jurisdictions as they shift their own approaches to enhanced prevention.

Snapshot of the First Nations Child and Family Services program in each region

Frequently Asked Questions

The questions and answers outline the objectives of the First Nations Child and Family Services program, how it works, how it is funded, issues with First Nations children in care on reserve, program challenges and accomplishments.

Additional Information

For More Information

For further information on the First Nations Child and Family Services program in your community, contact the AANDC regional office nearest you.