"Advancing transformative change for the well-being of Métis children, youth and families"

Métis Family Services

Contact Information

Ph: 604-584-6621
Fax: 604-582-4820
13639 108th Ave
Surrey BC
http://metisfamilyservices.com/new/

About Métis Family Services

Main Interests and Responsibilities:
It has become widely accepted that government administration of child welfare in the province of British Columbia has not adequately addressed the uniqueness or met the needs of the Métis Community. It remains a fact that Métis children continue to be taken into care in disproportionate numbers.
All Métis Family Services’ programs are aimed to provide an opportunity for our community to discover who they are, where they come from and what their Métis roots are.
In order to provide an alternative and meet the unique needs of the community, Métis Family Services has utilized a cultural case practice based on a holistic and comprehensive approach to a service-delivery model and an ongoing assessment of familial needs designed to emphasize the family strengths while incorporating cultural traditions.
The cultural program is based on community interaction and family history where each individual must be assessed in the context of his or her own experience and identity while using the seven teachings: humility, honesty, truth, wisdom, love, respect and bravery.

Mission Statement
The Mission of Métis Family Services — is to be a supportive agency which works hand in hand to nurture, promote and protect balance within families.

Goals and Objectives
To actively promote the well-being of Métis children and families.
To create awareness within the public regarding the needs of Métis children while in care.
To liaise with agencies and organizations with interests similar to those of the Métis Family Services and the Métis Community

Programs available through Métis Family Services

Guardianship & Child Protection
Focusing on Métis children in continuing care, this program aims to: actively support community and cultural awareness and education; assist in obtaining additional support services for children in care; provide on-going support for Métis children in transition from foster care; and actively assist in the development of safe and nurturing foster care home environments which support the child’s heritage and culture.

Rapid Response
Rapid Response Workers help families ensure the safety and well-being of their children and assist in the preservation of the family unit. These workers work in concert with Ministry of Children and Family Development Child Protection Branch.

Parenting Program
A holistic approach—employing the concept of the Medicine Wheel—to parenting, which focuses on nurturing personal growth and healing while developing traditional and positive parenting skills.  MFS Personal Healing and Parenting Program provide personal power tools and skills that may be adapted to bring about change in self, family and community. It is a program designed to identify and begin the healing of the continuum of abuses that occur in our society.

Tool Time
For young women aged 10-16, this program encourages the development of life skills while deepening ties with the Aboriginal community.  It offers self-esteem strengthening, youth empowerment, life skills development and cultural teaching.

Community Kitchen
This program focuses on the development of skills such as budgeting and the preparation of tasty and nutritious meals in a traditional atmosphere.

Youth Support
The Youth Worker Program works to assist Youth who are between 16-19 years old, who are referred by the Ministry of Children and Family development (MCFD) and Métis Family Services and aim to: help youth develop short and long term goals; help youth develop a sense of self identity, assist in obtaining Identification (Birth Certificate, Social Insurance Number and BCID); help youth decide if they prefer accessing Mainstream or Aboriginal Services; assist youth with finding safe and suitable housing and helping them learn to live independently; help youth establish social skills and healthy boundaries; connect youth to cultural activities that help them to identify with cultural awareness; and refer youth to community resources (employment programs, life skills, counselling and education).

Foster Care Resources
Focusing on Foster Parents and Caregivers for Aboriginal and Métis children, this program aims to: support caregivers who foster Métis and Aboriginal children in care; recruit and train new caregivers who want to open their homes for Aboriginal and Métis children; match Aboriginal and Métis children with approved resources to provide care and nurture children; provide cultural awareness and support planning with foster parents to best meet children’s cultural needs; and support children being placed with family through Restricted Foster Care program.

Featured Resources

Proud to be Metis!: The Cultural Booklet we send to families is now available online!

MCCF Cultural Information Package: A collection of Metis cultural resources and information to support service delivery and planning for Metis children, youth and families.

MCCF Quality Assurance Framework: Continuous Quality Improvement for Métis Children and Family Services in British Columbia, March 2011

MCCF 2011 Provincial Catalogue:
A catalogue to provide immediate contact information about available services to assist the Métis communities, Métis families, Ministry and non-Ministry front line workers in supporting Metis people.