What is Alternative Care?
Mnaasged's Alternative Care program provides services that are rooted in the cultural values and beliefs. It ensures that both the Alternative Care families and the children in the home receive these culturally appropriate services to provide the child with a sense of stability, continuity, socialization and spirituality. These are all very important to the child's mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
The program provides family based residential care for children in need of protection and out-of-home placement inclusive of:
Kin In-Care, and
Formal Customary Care
Who Can Be an Alternative Care Parent?
Alternative Care parents come from all walks of life and a diversity of culture,
religion and lifestyle.
They may be:
Anyone 18 yrs of age or over, in good general health and ﬁnancially self-sufﬁcient;
Stable relationships, including married couples, couples living in a conjugal relationship (common-law) who have cohabited for at least one year, widows, widowers, and single applicants;
No substance abuse, criminal charges pending or signiﬁcant criminal background;
No veriﬁed or suspected incidents of child abuse;
Adequate living and sleeping premises for a child;
How do I become an Alternative Care Parent?
Step 1 - Inquiry
Contact Mnaasged Child and Family Services at 519 289 1117.
Step 2 - Home Visit
A Mnaasged Helper will visit your home to discuss your interest in becoming an Alternative Care Parent.
Step 3 - Family Assessment
Mnaasged Helpers will conduct home visits to complete the family assessment.
Step 4 - Indigenous PRIDE Training
Training that is geared specifically to First Nation families
Step 5 - Decision
If all criteria is met, you will become an Alternative Care Parent!
What Can You Expect When You Become an Alternative Care Parent?
A per diem is paid for each day that a child is placed in your home.
Support from Mnaasged Child and Family Services Helpers to assist you in caring for the child(ren).
Training on various topics which include child development, behaviours, etc...
Alternative Care program reinforces First Nation values, customs and traditions between the child and their community.
Guidance to ensure children feel like they belong.
Bringing a child into your home is a challenge, but the rewards are endless
For More Information Contact
Capacity Development Support
311 Jubilee Road
Muncey, ON N0L 1Y0
Telephone: 519 289 1117 Ext. 222