Formal Customary Care Agreement

If you or your child identify as First Nations, Inuk or Métis, a Children`s Aid Association (CAS) must do everything in your power to develop a regular child care plan if they feel your child is a vulnerable child and should not be living in the family home. Your child does not need to be an official member of the community. If an Indigenous parent is unable to care for their child, a member of their family or First Nations community takes (temporarily) custody of the child. This is called Customary Care. The child stays with his usual guardians until the parent agrees to return his child to them. Usual care is supposed to be a short-term situation, although in some cases the child stays with his or her usual guardians for the long term. Customary Caregivers works closely with the child`s biological parents and First Nations to help the child preserve and honour their family and community relationships and ties. There are two types of usual care; Traditional usual care and usual formal care. Each personalized care agreement is unique to each First Nation based on its traditional customs, traditions and values. That is why it is defined by any First Nation. A usual care contract is voluntary.

All the following persons must give their consent: the collective care of children without intervention in the service of the best interests of the child. This means that your child is not legally in the custody of CAS. Your agreement defines the roles and responsibilities of the CAS and any person who signs the agreement. The person who takes care of your child on a daily basis can receive financial assistance to take care of them. A regular custody agreement allows First Nations, Inuk or Métis children, to remain connected to their culture and community. Your child is co-responsible for all those who sign the usual custody contract. If your child is in regular care just before Grade 18, they can participate in an ongoing support program. This program is aimed at young people between the ages of 18 and 20. It offers them financial support and others, such as . B services provided by a member of staff DE.

This type of agreement also has no time limit. A child can be in custody for as long as they need to. Formal Customary Care is a legal agreement between the First Nation (group), the biological parents, the habitual guardians and the Child Welfare Agency involved. Customary Care has been a common practice for Indigenous families for many years and is still being implemented today. Children are considered sacred gifts from the Creator and it is the responsibility of First Nations to ensure that the well-being of children/youth is achieved physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This goal is achieved by ensuring that the child/youth remains the center of everything and understands the importance of the bond between the child and adolescent with their biological and extended family, community, nation and culture. . .

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