Who Requests a cultural Connection Plan?
Caregivers, Social Workers from MCFD, or Delegated Aboriginal Agencies may request a Cultural Connection Plan so that children in their care develop positive connections to their cultural heritage, community of origin, and extended family. A Cultural Connection Plan can be developed for any Aboriginal Child in the care of MCFD or a Delegated Aboriginal Agency and is away from their biological family and/or community of origin.
The SIWS Family Advocate is a neutral coordinator / facilitator who will:
- Work with the child, caregiver, Social Worker, Community Practice Circle, and members of the Child’s family and community.
- Research and document information regarding the child’s extended family, community of origin, and culture.
- Facilitate collaborative meetings to develop a cultural and community connection plan that includes input and approval by all participants.
- Assist with linking Social Workers, caregivers, and others to community resources to support implementation of the plan.
What are the outcomes ?
The outcomes of the Cultural Connection Plan are:
- The child, Social Worker, and Caregiver have a plan to ensure the child develops and maintains connections to their cultural heritage, community of origin, and extended family.
- Children develop a positive cultural identity and improved well-being.
- Caregivers have greater capacity and supports for attending family, community, and cultural events.
- Extended family and community members reconnect with a child that has been removed from their community.