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Mapping out Manitoba's CFS system

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Agency: Anishinaabe CFS

Serves: Dauphin River, Fairford, Lake Manitoba, Lake St. Martin, Little Saskatchewan

Kids in care: 404

Families getting support services: 183

Frontline workers: 26 (no change since last year)

Review: Underway

Child deaths in care: One since 2006

 

Agency: Dakota Ojibway CFS

Serves: Birdtail Sioux, Canupawakpa (Oak Lake), Dakota Plains, Long Plain, Roseau River, Sioux Valley, Swan Lake

Kids in care: 585

Families getting support services: 277

Frontline workers: 49 (no change)

Review: Slated for 2011

Child deaths in care: None since 2006

 

Agency: Intertribal CFS

Serves: Dakota Tipi, Fisher River, Kinojeoshtegon (Jackhead)

Kids in care: 155

Families getting support services: 329

Frontline workers: 12 (one added this year)

Reviews: Slated for next year

Child deaths: None since 2006

 

Agency: Peguis CFS

Serves: Peguis

Kids in care: 176

Families getting support services: 234

Frontline workers: 10 (no change)

Reviews: Underway

Child deaths: One since 2006

 

Agency: Sagkeeng CFS

Serves: Sagkeeng

Kids in care: 251

Families getting support services: 169

Frontline workers: 14.5 (0.5 added this year)

Review: Complete

Child deaths: Two since 2006

 

Agency: Sandy Bay CFS (a new agency)

Serves: Sandy Bay

Kids in care: 128

Families getting support services: 118

Frontline workers: Unknown

Review: None

Child deaths: None since 2006

 

Agency: Southeast CFS

Serves: Berens River, Bloodvein, Brokenhead, Buffalo Point, Hollow Water, Black River, Little Grand Rapids, Pauingassi, Poplar River

Kids in care: 1,023

Families getting support services: 462

Frontline workers: 52 (6.5 added this year)

Review: Underway

Child deaths: None since 2006

 

Agency: West Region CFS

Serves: Ebb and Flow, Gambler, Keeseekoowenin, O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi (Crane River), Pine Creek, Rolling River, Skownan, Tootinaowaziibeeng (Valley River), Waywayseecappo

Kids in care: 592

Families getting support services: 578

Frontline workers: 62 (no change since 2007)

Review: Slated for 2011

Child deaths: One since 2006 but no details made public

 

Agency: Awasis CFS

Serves: Shamattawa, Cross Lake, Nelson Lake, Gods Lake Narrows, Gods Lake, Oxford House, Fox Lake, War Lake

Kids in care: 593

Kids getting support service: 889

Frontline workers: 44 (one added this year)

Reviews: Slated for next year

Child deaths: At least three since 2006

 

Agency: Cree Nation Child and Family Caring Agency

Serves: Pukatawagan (Mathias Colomb), Marcel Colomb, Chemawawin, Wuskwi Sipihk, Sapotaweyak, Misipawistik (Grand Rapids)

Kids in care: 460

Kids getting support services: 315

Frontline workers: 32.5 (7.5 added this year)

Reviews: Completed in the fall, audit underway

Child deaths: One since 2006

 

Agency: Island Lake CFS

Serves: Garden Hill, St. Theresa Point, Red Sucker Lake, Wasagamack

Kids in care: 279

Kids getting support services: 268

Frontline workers: 24 (one added this year)

Reviews: None yet

Child deaths: None since 2006

 

Agency: Kinosao Sipi Minisowin CFS

Serves: Norway House

Kids in care: 292

Kids getting support services: 221

Frontline workers: 15 (no change)

Reviews: None yet

Child deaths: None since 2006

 

Agency: Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation

Serves: Nisichawayasihk (Nelson House)

Kids in care: 235

Kids getting support services: 283

Frontline workers: 11 (no change)

Reviews: None yet

Child deaths: None since 2006

 

Agency: Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Serves: Opaskwayak

Kids in care: 91

Kids getting support services: 289

Frontline workers: 7 (no change)

Reviews: None yet

Child deaths: None since 2006

 

Agency: Metis

Serves: Metis people all over the province

Kids in care: 654

Families getting support services: 684

Frontline workers: 47.5 (three added this year)

Review: None

Child deaths: None

 

Agency: General Authority

Serves: All children not in the aboriginal or Metis system

Kids in care: 1656

Families getting support services: 3394

Frontline workers: 182.8 (20.5 added this year)

Review: None

Child deaths: None since 2006

 

GENERAL STATS

 

Deaths of children in care since Phoenix was found in March 2006 : 16, Total

5 accidental

6 suicides

2 homicides

2 undetermined

1 co-sleeping

 

Kids in care

2006 - 6,629 children

2007 - 7,241 children

2008 - 7,837 children

70 per cent: number of kids in care who are First Nations (as of March 31, 2008)

9 per cent - Métis

6 per cent - First Nations (Non-Status)

14 per cent: Not aboriginal

 

Social workers

Number of front-line workers hired since Phoenix - 99

Total: 697 front-line social workers

 

Funding

242,893,800: provincial budget for child welfare in 2007/08.

$89,851,600: provincial budget for child welfare in 1997/98.

170 per cent: increase in provincial child welfare budget in last decade.

$48 million: Increase since Phoenix's death ($42 million in funding to agencies plus six million for foster families)

 

Child deaths in care measures the number of children killed by homicide, suicide or accident since 2006, the year Phoenix Sinclair was found and the Doer government began to fix child welfare. Sixteen kids in care have died since then, though not all have been publicly disclosed.

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 21, 2008 B2

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