SECFS – Mission Statement
The Agency’s mission is to strengthen families and communities so that they can provide safe and healthy environments for their children to live and grow in their own communities, whether that be on- or off-reserve.
The overarching goal of the Agency is to support healthy community development by working with community based resources, and regional services to protect children and promote the well-being and happiness of all children, and their families.
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 First Nation, Black River First Nation, Little Grand Rapids First Nation, Pauingassi First Nation, Poplar River First Nation, and Buffalo Point First Nation.
In 2005, the mandate of SECFS expanded under the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry Child Welfare Initiative (AJI-CWI) to include its members residing anywhere in the province of Manitoba whereas prior, the Agency had authority only to provide on-reserve services. The result was a significant increase in the number of cases under the responsibility of SECFS.
In Manitoba there are 4 provincial statues that govern child welfare:
- The Child and Family Services Act (CFS Act)
- The Child and Family Services Authority Act (CFSAA)
- The Adoption Act
- The Intercountry Adoption Act (Hague Convention)
Further, there are standards and regulations that must be complied with, including ongoing compliance directives as per the Southern First Nations Network of Care and the Province of Manitoba.
Southeast Child and Family Services is funded by the federal and provincial government.