Sometimes children and youth need to live away from home for a while. This is mainly when there are not safe at home, have been harmed or their parent(s) for some reason are no longer able to care for them. The Guardianship program supports and guides the lives of children and youth who are in long-term or continuing care.
We do all that we can to help children be happy, healthy and maintain a connection to culture, family and community. Guardianship of our children and youth has parental duties which involves their physical care and decision-making responsibilities.
Health: so that we can work out all their health needs and give them ongoing help. This might include a dentist, doctor or counsellor.
Education: We’ll let the school know what’s going on with the child, and make sure they get extra help if they need it.
Clothing: We’ll make sure they get sports uniforms or other clothing, we’ll make sure their needs are met.
Care plan: The child will get a special plan just for them, which will make sure the people they are living with know what they are used to, their needs, their habits and hobbies.
This will help their caregivers get to know the child well, and be able to take good care of them. Your child’s social worker will work with the family help to make this plan.