Aboriginal Family Services Case Study

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The Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Service Society (VACFSS) is a local child welfare agency in Vancouver. The society is funded by the Ministry of Children and Families Development. Their philosophy of service delivery is based on ensuring the rights, safety, well-being and spirit of Aboriginal children and families are upheld, honored and protected. The society acknowledges and honors the inherent wisdom, capacity and resourcefulness of the community in designing programs and services to care for children and families. Even though the society runs partially under the protection paradigm, which believes in ‘best interest’ of the child; it is dedicated to planning, developing, and implementing creative and innovative Aboriginal programs…show more content…
Access to services is through delegated social workers, which can be a barrier for some.Mandated services can limit access to those being referred due to lack of funding, services or workers. Their mission is to establish holistic service delivery that culturally and spiritually strengthens Aboriginal families. If analyzed as a power-over paradigm, the society is justifiably ambivalent over their decisions to assume control of a model that has caused so much damage to aboriginal families and communities. Even though society has taken a holistic approach to services, the fact is that devolution transfers does not mean that the practice orientation will change, as it is still guided by the dominant protection paradigm. However, upon reviewing the society’s programs and services, I believe it has consciously tried to create wellness and cultural competence with an emphasis on breaking down stereotypes, bullying, and discrimination. This done through culturally relevant urban wellness program (CRUW) which uses green space as a source of wellness and concrete skill development for vulnerable

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