Phone: 1-800-661-0575 or Email: info@atcfn.ca

Child and Family Services

 

"There is only one wonderful child in this world …
and every parent has one."

Protecting Children

Athabasca Tribal Council Child and Family Services has statuary authority to ensure that children are properly cared for and protected from harm.

The agency becomes involved with the family when a child needs protection because there are reasonable and probable grounds to believe that the survival, security or development of the child is endangered because of a number of factors identified in the Child Welfare Act in the Province of Alberta.

Staff trained in child protection investigates reports and allegations of child maltreatment. These may include physical, sexual and emotional maltreatment as well as neglect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow up services depend on the nature and seriousness of maltreatment and the needs of the child and family. 

Whenever possible services are provided so the child can be cared for within the family or extended family to preserve the cultural connection. This is established through a voluntary agreement between the Agency and the parents. Three are established limited time frames for each of the Agreements. 

In some cases Child and Family Services will apply for guardianship through the Family Court so the child remains safe from harm while service plans are implemented to assist the child and family through their issues.