About NCFS

Nisga’a Child and Family Services has achieved full child protection services for the four communities of Gitlaxt’aamiks, Gitwinksihlkw, Laxgalts’ap and Gingolx. In compliance with CFCSA, and guided by our Ayuuk, four delegated Child Protection workers and one Team Leader ensure that the safety and well-being of children are the utmost priority. NCFS uses a community based approach with a strength based model addressing issues in a manner that is sensitive to the historical impacts on families without minimizing children’s safety. With office located in New Aiyansh (Gitlaxt’aamiks), Terrace and Prince Rupert, NCFS provides both statutory services (an extension of the child welfare law) and non-statutory services (volunteer community services).

Family Support Services

 NCFS offers support services for families, which promote sound parenting practices and respite care. Voluntary care agreements allow parents to place their children in a safe, approved home during medical treatment or training. Special Needs agreements ensure the safe care of children with special needs. NCFS also distributes support payments to families for providing foster care for Nisga’a children in Nisga’a family care homes.

Other services include:

  • Family Group Conference Program, which provides a venue for alternative family dispute resolution;
  • Infant Development Program, which benefits children from birth to three years of age by providing support and education for parents;
  • Supported Child Care Development Program, which supports and provides advocacy for children with special needs;
  • Clinical Therapist access for NCFS clients.

NCFS Staffing

Director of Practice for NCFS: Agnes Taylor

 

Child Safety

Cheryl Cooper, Team Leader

Loretta Stewart, Child Safety Social Worker

Renata Moore, Child Safety Social Worker

Janet Nisyok, Child Safety Social Worker

Michael Davis, Child Safety Social Worker

Abeline Stewart, Resource Social Worker

Sally Nyce, Social Worker Assistant

Marsha Moore, Family Group Conference Coordinator

Charlene Morven, Team Assistant Supervisor

Genna Robinson, Team Assistant

 

Family Services

Joanne Davis, Family Services Program Manager

Laurie Murphy, Child and Family Therapist

Diane Shannon, Child and Family Therapist

Susan Guno, Senior Family Skills Worker

Mary Temple, Family Skills Worker

Leslie Robinson, Family Skills Worker

Jacqueline Gosnell, Infant Development Coordinator

Cheryl Tait, Supported Child Development Consultant

Shirley Ducharme, Supported Child Development Consultant

 

Off Nisga’a Lands

 

Terrace Office

Daphne Stevens, Team Leader

Ruth Demke, Resource Social Worker

Silena Fisher, Guardianship Social Worker

Laura Letourneau, Guardianship Social Worker

Joyce Bradley, Family Skills Worker

Pamela Brown, Team Assistant

Gail Seymour, Receptionist

 

Prince Rupert Office

Daphne Stevens, Team Leader

Ronda Abou, Guardianship Social Worker

Roberta Smith, Team Assistant

 

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