Foster Family Appreciation Week is October 15th-21st, 2018

We celebrate and are very grateful for our foster families across the Kenora-Rainy River District. What amazing families they are, that offer love and kindness to the many children and their families. They welcome and accept with compassion and integrity and give the children and their families support during some very difficult times. Foster parents and Caregivers are essential and without the constant care and commitment they provide we would not be able to offer a place of safety that some children in our district desperately need.

Foster parenting can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling jobs a family can undertake. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the dedicated Foster Parents and their families that give of themselves and their time with our children and youth. These individuals and families deserve recognition and great thanks for the work that they do. Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services commends all of our caregivers and recognizes the invaluable role they play in providing services to the children in our communities.

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Ontario Dress Purple Day

Every October Children’s Aid Societies across the province raise awareness about the rights of children and youth to safety and well-being, and the responsibility of adults and community services to help children, youth, and families who need support. On Ontario Dress Purple Day we join together with our key partners, Boards of Education, schools, and child care centers and homes, to share this positive message that help is available and to celebrate the community that cares for kids and families.

This year Ontario Dress Purple Day will take place on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

SafeCare Accreditation

Congratulations on implementing SafeCare with the highest standards! It is our pleasure to approve your SafeCare Accreditation for May 2018 to April 2019. NSTRC and the SafeCare Accreditation Team appreciate your agency’s hard work to maintain the implementation standards of SafeCare and want to thank you for taking time to participate in the SafeCare Accreditation process.  As a token of your accreditation, attached is your agency’s accreditation seal, which you can use to announce and advertise your accreditation. 
We love having your agency as part of our SafeCare Community and look forward to continued collaboration throughout the year. 

SafeCare Accreditation Team

Leslie Sawell, MS
Senior Training Specialist
National SafeCare Training and Research Center

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Change to After Hours Service in Dryden, Ignace and Red Lake

As of June 1, 2018, there is a change in our After Hours service in Dryden, Ignace and Red Lake.  Tikinagan CFS will be providing after hours services to the families they serve from the Treaty 9 and 5 areas.  Anishinaabe Abinoojii Family Services continues to provide services to all Treaty 3 band members.  Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services will provide service to all other families.  If you do not know which agency to contact please call any of the agencies and we will determine child safety and who the information should be directed to.

Understanding Child Welfare

Have you ever been approached by friends and families, as soon as they learned you are working in child welfare, with questions like “What is a  Children’s Aid Society? What exactly do you do? How do you look after abused children?” and even bigger questions like, “What is Child Welfare?”!  Most of the time you probably struggled to answer these questions, because, well, the answer is complicated.
The 4-minute video below provides a concise, simple – and for some, surprising – description of why children, youth,  and families receive child welfare services in Ontario and how Children’s Aid Societies work.    English   French

Sixties Scoop Survivor?

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Between 1965 and 1984, thousands of Indigenous children were removed from their homes and placed with non-Indigenous families. If you were a service recipient during this period, you may be eligible for compensation. 
Learn more about the Sixties Scoop lawsuit.
Records Reconciliation and Your Rights