Guiding Values

  • Love: We support families in wellness by loving and nurturing our children and recognizing their importance in all that we do.

  • Accountability: We are honest and ethical in all our interactions and we practice integrity being consistent, accountable, and transparent.

  • Respect: We role-model respect, encouraging participation, honoring each person's strengths, and actively engaging in solution-oriented dialogue. 

  • Culture & Language: We practice our cultural teachings understanding that a strong sense of identity and belonging contributes to healthy quality of life.

  • Responsibility: We look out seven generations, considering the impacts of our work to current and future generations and doing the right things for the right reasons. 

  • Holistic: We utilize a community-driven and strength-based approach, building upon what is working with our families, our organization and our communities. 





COLLABORATE with our families and member communities in the design, delivery, and evaluation of our programs and services.


ADVOCATE for children, families and communities to ensure their unique needs are heard and acted upon.


RESPECT that ultimate authority for the health and well-being of children rests with their families and caregivers.


ENSURE the development and implementation of policies, practices and standards reflect our Indigenous worldview. 



Serving the members of Coldwater, Lower Nicola, Nooaitch, Shackan, and the Upper Nicola Bands, the Mandate of SCFSS is to:

"Create the change necessary to ensure our children and families have the advocates and the supports they deserve and that 7 generations from now, the need for a child welfare system will no longer exist as our families will be whole and healthy." 




To tell us about something good we've done or make a suggestion, you can call us toll-free at

1-877-378-2773 or email us.

“We are committed to providing excellent service for families, the children and young people that we work with.”

Our Vision

We are all somebody's 7th generation. We are working collaboratively to facilitate opportunities to achieve their full potential and realize a healthy quality of life through the implementation of our laws, jurisdiction, and ancestral beliefs, values and teachings. 

Our Children. Our Responsibility.

Scw'exmx Child & Family Services Society
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2975 Clapperton Avenue, Merritt BC V1K 1G2

​Telephone: ​250-378-2771

Fax: 250-378-2799

Toll-Free Number: 1-877-378-2773

Child Protection Concern After Office Hours: 1-800-663-9122

Children’s Help Line: 310-1234 (For children and youth)