The First Nation Child and Family Services (FNCFS) program provides funding to assist in ensuring the safety and well-being of First Nation children on reserve by supporting culturally appropriate prevention and protection services for First Nation children and 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. There are four components to the program including: development; maintenance; operations; and prevention. In 2007, the FNCFS program began shifting to an Enhanced Prevention Focused Approach (EPFA). This is consistent with provinces that have largely refocused their Child and Family Services programs from protection to prevention services. The expected outcome for the FNCFS program is to have a more secure and stable family environment for First Nation children ordinarily resident on reserve. The implementation of the EPFA is expected to improve services, cohesion of the family, and life outcomes for First Nation children and families on reserve. AANDC also contributes to the funding of day care services for First Nation families in Ontario and Alberta.
The announcement of tripartite accountability frameworks in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba means that the new enhanced prevention focused approach model is now being implemented in First Nation communities in six provinces, covering about 68 percent of all First Nation children ordinarily resident on reserve across Canada.
For further information on the First Nation Child and Family Services Program in your community, contact the AANDC regional office nearest you.