Opokaa'sin Early Intervention Society


Family Preservation

This shared vision of Family Preservation was a belief that First Nations children living in predominantly non-First Nations environments not only face discrimination and economic challenges, but a loss of social and cultural coping resources. They tend to live in smaller households, separated by longer distances from extended family members. The Family Preservation program offers a continuum of services to Aboriginal children and families. These services are unique in service delivery, encompassing main service areas needed by families and children and sensitive to Aboriginal families, issues and needs, as well as an aftercare component. Our unique service delivery includes access and consultation with a clinician, as well as established elders in the community. 
Family Support - Intensive In-Home
Targets Aboriginal families that require support, structure, and stabilization. More specifically, our program is able to accommodate families affected by Fetal Alcohol Sundrome. Our program objectives are to provide supports so families will be safe, have healthy  parent/child interactions, be independent (within their means), be culturally and spiritually connected/balanced and that families will be connected to their community. 

Our program is based on the strength approach model, building on the family's strengths, fostering trusting, nurturing relationships within the family and respective supports. Family Support workers will have access to therapeutic consultation services, Elder consultation and advice. Training and support is offered in the areas of mental illness, family violence, alcohol/drug abuse and FASD. Our target outcomes are reduction in risk factors within the home, families will have healthy parent-child relations, families will increase their independence and families feel connected to the communities. 

Designed to assist Southwest Child and Family Services with Aboriginal families and children in preserving the family unit where the children's safety can be supported. To empower families to achieve or sustain their independence and self-sufficiency.
Supervised Visits
Supervised visits services are provided on a need-be basis as negotiated by the referring Social Worker. Clientele will be children in care that require supervision while visiting family/biological parents. Family support workers assist in arrangements and aid in the supervision and proper documentation of the pre-arranged visit. This program objective is to provide a safe environment with culturally knowledgable staff.

The program goals: 
 - Help children maintain healthy, stable relationships with both parents, regardless of the parents' relationship with each other.
 - Help children maintain healthy, stable relationships with other significant people in their lives
 - Protect children while the right of access is preserved
 - To enhance a sense of family connection between child and parent.
 - To promote a sense of belonging between child and parent, promote a safe environment where families can engage socially and maintain family connections
Transportation Services
Transportation services are provided for families above and beyond what family support workers provide. These will include out-of-town visits, appointments, and transportation for supervised visits, at the discretion of the CFSA worker. Arrangements will be made with prior notice to our office.

Our services will provide a safe, reliable means of transporting children and will offer a driver equipped with knowledge of geographical information pertaining to on and off reserve destinations, as well as cultural protocol and prior knowledge. Our target outcome for this service will be that children will be safe.

Monitoring will consist of overall tabulation of the number of critical incidents reports pertaining specific to the quality of service, as well as a client satisfaction. Staffing requirements will follow the pre-established Family Support Continuum staffing levels for FSW 1. 
Youth Mentorship
Youth Mentorship will consist of an Aboriginal mentor who will provide support focused on the Aboriginal youth ages 10-18. The overall objective of the program is to provide the support on issues identified by the referring agent (parent, caregiver, CFSA Worker), and to assist the child to live and function within the respective community, home and school. Our target outcomes will be that youth have pride in cultural identity, will increase their ability to access community services/resources, youth will feel connected to their families and communities, and youth will demonstrate a decrease in anti-social behaviours. Individuals service plans will be initiated and monitored with pre/post test severity scores, safety scores, as well as goal attainment scores.

Elders will be utilized in this program to enhance the goals and objectives as needed, as well as offer advice on any problem areas that may need cultural mediation. Group services will also be provided with follow up up to one month after the youth leaves the program.   
*Please keep in mind that this program is based on referrals from Southwest Child and Family Services.