Southeast Child and Family Services is mandated to serve the on and off-reserve children and families of the Berens River First Nation, Bloodvein First Nation, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Hollow Water Frist Nation, Black River First Nation, Little Grand Rapids First Nation, Pauingassi First Nation, and Poplar River First Nation. Buffalo Point First Nation has been served by Animikii Ozosozon Child and Family Services though a service sub-agreement since 2008.
The Child and Family Services Act is the legislation that guides the laws and services of child welfare in Manitoba, while the Child and Families Authorities Act, proclaimed in 2003, came about from the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry – Child Welfare Initiative (AJI-CWI). The AJI-CWI, which was a joint initiative between the Province of Manitoba, Manitoba Metis Federation, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and Manitoba Keewatinook Ininew Okimowin revamped the child welfare system to better serve the Aboriginal children and families in Manitoba.
In 2004, the mandate of SECFS expanded to include its members residing anywhere in the province of Manitoba. In 2005, the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry Child Welfare Initiative (AJI-CWI) saw the children in care and families cases carried by other agencies transferred to SECFS.
SECFS continues to empower the communities to re-establish the Anishinaabe family and child care system that is based in the values, customs, and traditions of the communities served by SECFS. The Agency will continue to work in partnership with the First Nations leadership to advocate for systemic changes that will enable the services to focus on family preservation, customary and kinship care, healing of the communities, and revitalizing the structures that existed prior to the mainstream child welfare system was imposed.