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The current service structure model in Manitoba's child welfare system is unlike any other in Canada and is considered a best practice in inter-jurisdictional cooperation. In Manitoba, service configuration is based on a mixed public-private (non-profit) model consisting of four Child and Family Services Authorities; General, Metis, First Nations Southern and Northern. Each Child and Family Services Authority is responsible for the governance and oversight of their respected mandated agencies who provide services to children and families in Manitoba. The authority of Aboriginal agencies extends to Aboriginal families off reserve.  Through legislated "concurrent jurisdiction" between the child welfare authorities and shared service agreements, child welfare clients are able to choose where they will access child welfare services. To accommodate this shared structure, the agencies all have offices in Winnipeg, as well as in their own geographical area. To further support collaboration, the Government of Manitoba and AANDC have recently established an integrated funding model, wherein the two parties cost share core funding to First Nations agencies at a rate of 60 percent for the province and 40 percent for AANDC.

In 2007, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) began work with First Nations organizations and the Province of Manitoba under the Enhanced Prevention Focused Approach (EPFA) initiative on the development of a tripartite prevention based framework and a new funding model for First Nations Child and Family Services (FNCFS) agencies.  Since the EPFA announcement in Manitoba in July 2010, AANDC has continued to work closely with the Province of Manitoba on preparing and signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which confirms the commitment of both parties to the Federal-Provincial Child Welfare Funding Model for FNCFS agencies, as well as specifying the guiding principles and describing each of the essential elements of the new model.  In addition to the MOU, an Explanatory Guide has been created to provide information about the funding model for CFS agencies in Manitoba.  This guide describes the funding model for both federally and provincially funded agencies.

Manitoba regional representatives continue to build on this relationship and continue to work in partnership with the province and First Nation organizations on a variety of items, such as:  a common electronic child maintenance report that all CFS agencies in Manitoba will use; the capacity development initiatives; as well as a review of a number of items that impact both of us as funders.  These efforts will assist in strengthening the accountability mechanisms employed by the CFS system and its funding recipients in Manitoba.

For further information, please contact AANDC, Manitoba Regional office at (204) 984-6627

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