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Family Prevention Services

Family Prevention  Services (FPS) works to provide culturally intensive support services to young people and families residing within the Nicola Valley. Assisting families in developing their individual and family wellness plans, one on one work is customized around these plans and reviewed on an ongoing basis.


This Team’s purpose is to have families no longer living with the burdens of inter-generational trauma, as they have built healthy support systems and strengthened their individual skills. Family Prevention Services works to assist families in incorporating traditional teachings into their daily lives. They want to listen to every family and parent’s story, and work with them in a culturally sensitive way which is more meaningful and less intrusive. In doing so they provide information and culturally relevant support to reduce the number of young people in care or entering care.

Family Circles

Family Decision Making uses an Indigenous lens, in which care of and decision making for children is considered a natural responsibility of the extended family and community. In an extension of this, Family Prevention Services use Family Circles as a meeting of the child’s immediate family coming together with extended kin and members of the child’s community. This allows the circle to address concerns in a preventative manner. The intention of this process is to make sure the power stays with the family, and the process is led by the family.

There are many reasons families may choose to gather in a circle.  Some of these reasons may include reunification, kinship care planning, prevention circles to address concerns or family emergencies, and youth transition circles to support a young person as they transition to adulthood.

A Family Circle is a facilitated meeting designed to bring all voices together to determine what is best for young people and families. It recognizes and acknowledges the right and capacity of First Nation families and communities to care for, protect, and plan for their young people. This is a voluntary process including the young person, family, and friends designed to provide families with information they need to make decisions, inform families of services and resources available, and to help avoid the court process.

A circle coordinator will act as a neutral 3rd party to support the gathering, prepare participants, and guide the meeting in an unbiased fashion. Families can refer themselves to Family Circles, or can be referred by SCFSS Staff, community members, Band Representatives, or other service providers.

Relationship Wellness

This program is designed to help couples identify and acknowledge their challenges and areas needing growth. It works to provide educational learning using cultural teachings. Couples will build a stronger foundation of trust and connection to self, family, community, and culture.

Men’s Group

Men’s group works to help men in making personal change and growth in their lives. Bringing a balanced and healthy approach, men will be helped to recognize where their healing needs to occur and be allowed to face these challenges with a dedicated support network. Together, men will engage on the land and using cultural practices to bring these teachings to their everyday life.

Women’s Group

Women’s Group creates a safe place for women to meet and discuss matters of importance to them. Through this program women can create connections and support each other, while building their skill in presenting, crafting, and learning.  To support women so they can focus on their wellness, the Cultural and Language Team provides cultural teaching to the participants’ children and/or young people in an alternate location.

Family Prevention Workers

The Family Prevention Workers are connected to families when they need ongoing support. This team supports the safety and well-being of young people while helping to preserve the family home. They ensure the young people, parents, and families stay connected to their culture and community. Their goal is to work collaboratively with the family and community to determine what their needs are and connect them to appropriate supports. They also develop positive relationships with other community groups, agencies, and societies.

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