A Circle of Caring for Children and Their Families
Protecting children and keeping families together (acknowledging the broader Indigenous definition of the family) by ensuring (a) connections to family are maintained (b) family group conferencing serves as a foundation to heal and rebuild families.
In our Indigenous communities, it is a common practice for extended families or community members to care for children when the parents cannot. At Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, we work to build a circle of caring for children in care and their families. This means looking at ways to support children in familiar environments. Wherever possible, we ensure that children stay in neighbourhoods and schools where they have existing relationships and connections with meaningful supports that are responsive to their needs.
Our Programs Include:
- Circle of Care– Short-term assessment home for young women between 13-17 years of age.
- CLOUT – It Takes a Neighbourhood – Short term licensed homes and intensive support for birth families working toward reunification (22 beds).
- Honoring the Spirit of Our Little Sisters– Long-term safe house for young women and transgender youth between 13-17 years of age.
- Hands of Mother Earth –A rural healing lodge for young women and transgendered youth between 13-17 years of age.
- Isobel’s Place– Residential learning facility for adolescent pregnant and mothers between 13-17 years of age.
- Ozosunon Program – Long-term licensed homes for Aboriginal children and youth (100 beds).
- Four Fires Lodge –Long-term home for young boys between 11-14 years of age.
- Eagle Horse Society – Emergency care program for children under the age of 10 and their sibling group (25 beds).