When Children’s Aid Societies first meet with a family, we ask parents about their family members and other supports. We use a family finding process where we bring together the parents, extended family, and community.
It is crucial to engage as many people as possible from the beginning of our involvement to help problem solve and create permanency plans. The goal remains to ensure children and youth live safely with family/kin or someone they know and are comfortable with.
Finding and maintaining supportive lifelong connections for children is an integral part of our work. A large part of a child’s identity is made up of the people they grow up with and the experiences they share with loved ones. Our aim is to ensure every child has a network of safe adults they can turn to as they grow and transition into adulthood.