Kina Gbezhgomi - Child and Family Services
“We Are All One”
Our Children…Our Responsibility
“Children are one-third of our population and all of our future.” Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that his is someone today.” – Stacia Tauscher
Who We AreKina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services was incorporated in 1991 to provide child and family services to all seven member First Nations.
The task of assisting children and families has been entrusted to Kina Gbezhgomi by the United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin and the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve.
The intent of the agency has been and continues to be, the provision of service which recognizes the traditional native values and customs compatible to the needs of our communities.
Kina Gbezhgomi’s focus is to support children and strengthen families and communities to prevent issues that lead to the apprehension of children.
“The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” – Oscar Wilde
Services Available To YouThe programs under the supervision of Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services. Emergency After Hours, Foster Care Program, and is accountable to the financial and service delivery objectives of the Community Support Program.
The Agency makes every effort to ensure all services provided are respectful of the communities that we service; respectful of the culture, language, beliefs, customs and practices of the Ojibway - Odawa - Pottowatomi peoples.
Kina Gbezhgomi is here to advocate for you and your family; to provide support and valuable information, and, to assure services are coordinated especially at those crucial moments of “crisis intervention”. However, all programs within Kina Gbezhgomi offered are on a ‘voluntary’ basis.
Child and Family ServicesThe Child and Family Services Program encompasses supportive counseling services for children and their families with the objective of preventing the need for child welfare interventions.
Kina Gbezhgomi’s support services will support families at risk and provide individual or family counseling on a mutually consensual basis. Child and Family services assist with problem solving, encouragement, and empowerment of family units that will facilitate making healthy choices for their families.
One of the roles of the Child and Family Services Worker is to create a climate of trust and respect in which individuals can feel safe and supported when dealing with issues that will prevent intrusive child welfare intervention. Therefore, workers will also encourage support systems that exist in the community by providing advocacy and essential services that will prevent and/or reduce the necessity of protection services.
The services provided by the Child and Family Services Workers are:
- Networking/Collaborative Assistance
- Assessment and Referral
- Advocacy and Liaison Services
- Supportive Services
- Educational and Life Skills Development
- Tangible Support Services
- Emergency After Hours Services
Community Support ProgramThe Community Support Program have worker which are found in each First Nation. The program encompasses primary and secondary prevention services in your community.
Primary Preventions Services will be provided to the entire community. Services will focus on the influence the community as a whole. It is a proactive process that will empower individuals and systems to meet the challenges of life events and transitions by creating and reinforcing conditions that promote healthy behaviours, lifestyles, and family unity. Services will be provided in a holistic and integrated approach at the community level.
This is a primary prevention program to break the generational cycle of child maltreatment and family dysfunction. Nurturing Parenting:
- Prenatal Program
- Parents, Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers
- ABC’s for Parents
- Parents and School-Aged Children
- Parents and Teens
- Teen Parents
- Parenting Support for Families with Substance Abuse
Secondary Prevention Services will be provided to individuals and families. It is also a proactive and systematic process for initiating early detection and action with children and family units to prevent factors further risk of child welfare interventions. Early intervention services will be easily accessible and will seek to reduce the risk of specific event from occurring, supports will be received earlier and will be responsive to direct needs. Early intervention will provide individual and integrated supports/services to assist upon the development of spiritual, mental, emotional, and social needs and provide educational information to children and families.
- Family & Parent Education
- Family Support Circles
- Life Skills/ Cross- Cultural Development
- Community Education
- Social and Recreational Programs
- Cultural (Anishinaabe) Awareness
- Advocacy and Referral Services
This is a secondary prevention program that is geared to individuals and specifically to parents. It is available in a group setting to facilitate cultural/self-awareness and parenting skills while offering access to traditional services such as specific ceremonies and teachings:
- Inner Spirit
- Medicine Wheels
- Grandfather Teachings
- Rebuilding the Spirit
- Belief Systems
Contact Information:Main Office
98 Pottawatomi Avenue
Wikwemikong, Ontario P0P 2J0
Phone: (705) 859-1010
Fax: (705) 859-1621
After Hours: 1-705-859-2100
Toll Free: 1-877-379-1010