Advocacy

advocacy

ACTIVITIES:

1-on-1 meetings with parents
We connect with parents who need questions answered or an informal supporter to attend meetings with social workers

Community meetings with organizations & government
We invite helpers with Fearless R2W to attend meetings out in the community or meet with CFS or government officials to discuss recommendations

RESOURCES: (In Development):

System literate Helpers:
We explain processes and attend meetings with social workers with parents

Parent Advocacy Training (Coming Soon)

Parent rights Cards (Coming Soon)

GOVERNMENT RECOMMENDATIONS:

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1.) Increase access to local addiction programming (including child care without CFS/justice penalty for seeking help)
2.) Support Safe Spaces for parents and their kids/Temporary drop off point. This includes sustainable funding for 24/7 Community Centres in R2W
3.) More Cultural Opportunities (as a replacement to negative activity) aka Support Thunderbird House
4.) R2W parents increased Access to Manitoba Housing.  If kids in care, families should remain with their home intact (social assistance) (As long as it’s temporary). Develop a Mutual Family Housing Policy as well.
5.) Supportive transition to independence (MB Housing – example in Lord Selkirk Park). Supports like: Someone to help with spring cleaning, Respite for Parents (help with childcare from person of parents choosing)
6.) Create local employment (i.e. Building Construction Mentorship Program) including pathways to employment (Training / School, info on how to be good tenants, etc)
7.) TRAINING: Traditional Family Parenting Orientation available to R2W families, as well as foster parents [mandatory]. Additional Trainings To be made available to natural families, foster parents and children in/exiting care such as: Domestic Violence Prevention or Healthy Relationships, Advocacy training for Parents and Public. Establish R2W Parent Advocacy Centre – Strength Based Always. In the interim, provide bus tickets and food for FEARLESS R2W meetings
8.) COMMUNICATION: We recommend increased communication from the provincial government to families, as well as support for: Indigenous Language Immersion; Education supports to help parents understand legislation; increased access to safe helpers; Support for increased parent communication skills; Increase social workers communication skills;
9.) Re-assess the risk assessments (family vs child vs agency risk); Are they strength based? Include Family Group Conferencing part at CFS First Response.
10.) Increase Parent Networking Supports: Help parents who are new to the community demonstrate positive and supportive relationships. Help people network to gain access to additional supports