Who We Are
Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services is a multi-service Indigenous Child Well-Being Agency. We provide a stable foundation for children, youth, and families, through wraparound services that are culturally-based and family-focused.
We seek to support our families in the way they deserve, with care and authenticity, and by recognizing and respecting spirit.
We form a wholistic, inclusive, and nonjudgmental circle of care.
We seek to honour and support those we serve, with a constant commitment to growing our base of knowledge and expertise. Passionate about helping our communities and making them better, healthier places, we are committed to being open, honest, communicative partners with our communities and Nations.
With awareness and knowledge of structures of power and history, we approach families as equals, to help them find their place and identity. We advocate for those who do not have a voice, acting with leadership and integrity.
Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag was the vision of grassroots First Nations prevention staff over twenty years ago, they continue the work today and act as an advisory to our Board. We obtained our mandate to seek Designation and to provide child protection services in our jurisdiction from our member Chiefs and Councils.
We are an agency that delivers culturally-intelligent services to our partner First Nation communities in Ontario. With our team of dedicated staff, we work with children, youth, and families as early as possible to help them navigate various obstacles and access services available to them. We offer services such as Child & Youth Mental Health and Addictions, Native Youth Justice, Youth in Transition, Child Welfare, and Alternative Care.
Our Wholistic Service Model
At Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services, Indigenous children, youth, and families are supported, understood, and appreciated. Together we get to the root of issues, build a healthy foundation, and join the family in their healing journey.
We began our first secondments of our staff being placed within our partner CASs in May 2017. Over time, our staff have built their capacity and have also benefitted from additional mandatory Indigenous Wholistic Practice Training that we have provided.
We have worked hard staffing up and building capacity, we still have more growth and opportunities. In March 2019, we begin the restoration of the child protection mandate to our agency. This process will last for several months. We expect to provide the full spectrum of child welfare services by December 2019.