October 26, 2016 – The Number of kids in care in Nelson House drops by 46%; Liberals say program is model for other communities.
A program that has prompted a huge reduction in the number of children removed from their homes has had its funding decreased and faces even more cuts.
This comes despite a resolution Tuesday from interim Liberal leader Judy Klassen, calling on the government to expand the program. The resolution was supported by all sides of the Legislature .
The Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) Family and Community Wellness Centre was built in 2000 and began exploring ways of cutting the number of apprehensions by Child and Family Service staff. The program began integrating services such as public health, child care and FASD prevention under one roof.
Manitoba has among the highest rates of children being taken from their families in the country.