Established in 1994, the Association of Native Child and Family Services Agencies of Ontario (ANCFSAO) is a provincial organization mandated to build a better life for all Indigenous children through promoting the delivery of culturally-based services to Indigenous children, families, and communities. ANCFSAO acts as a resource in assisting its member agencies towards the provision of high-quality, community-based child welfare and family well-being services to Indigenous people through education and training, policy development and analyses, and research and advocacy. ANCFSAO offers technical expertise and advice on all matters relating to child and family well-being to the First Nations its member agencies serve. ANCFSAO’s membership is comprised of 10 mandated and 2 pre-mandated Indigenous Child and Family Services Agencies. Our member agencies provide over 60 Indigenous child and family well-being programs and services to 119 of 133 First Nations and urban centres across the province. In total, ANCFSAO’s members serve 90 percent of all First Nations communities in Ontario. We are deeply honoured to serve our member agencies and to provide the reach, coverage, and service delivery we do as a result of our valuable relationships with them.

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Programs and Services

Training and Research

For over 20 years, ANCFSAO has developed a suite of community-based training programs, research reports and policy briefs, as well as supported numerous provincial, federal, Indigenous and tripartite initiatives. These include:


Becoming an Ally: Culturally Safe Child Welfare Practice with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Families in Ontario
A cultural awareness training program for child welfare workers and professionals serving Indigenous children and families.

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HEART and SPIRIT: Indigenous Family Development and Assessment
A culturally-based alternative to the PRIDE and SAFE for Indigenous children and families. Learn more.

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Indigenous New Worker Training
Deeply rooted in Indigenous worldviews, this training will prepare Indigenous child protection workers to provide culturally congruent services. Under development with anticipated roll out in 2020.

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Prevention Worker Training
This training is designed to equip prevention workers with the tools necessary to create and deliver community-based prevention programs using a holistic, Indigenous approach.

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Specialized Training
ANCFSAO has developed and delivered specialized cultural competency training to governments working with the Indigenous child welfare sector for the purposes of supporting those governments to come to a better understanding of Indigenous child welfare perspectives.

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An Exploratory Regional Study on Child Welfare Outcomes in Aboriginal Communities
An exploratory study conducted in partnership between the Faculty of Social Work of the University of Manitoba, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFS), the Association of Native Child and Family Service Agencies of Ontario (ANCFSAO), and 4 mandated Indigenous Child and Family Service Agencies within the Province of Ontario.

A Collaborative Approach to Improving Aboriginal Child Welfare: Development of Aboriginal Performance Indicators
A literature review and project report of Indigenous child and family well-being performance indicators.

Toward a System of Aboriginal Child and Family Well-being Prevention Performance Measurement
An Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) funded project to undertake a literature review of systems of prevention performance measurement and engage the Indigenous child and family service sector on key performance indicators.

Committees and Working Groups

Below is the list of the committees and working groups in which ANCFSAO is involved.

Child Welfare Requirements Working Group

First Nations Caring Society Board

FNIS Advisory Group

ISC – First Nations Child and Family Services Agencies

MCCSS Part X Steering Committee

MCCSS, OACAS, ANCFSAO, OPR associations – Residential Services Critical Issues Working Group

OACAS – Residential Services Critical Issues Implementation Committee

OACAS Framework Provincial Committee

OACAS Part X Steering Committee

OACAS Policy and Legislative Committee

OCL-VYSA Subcommittee

OPP Working Committee on Joint Protocols

Pediatric Death Review Committee for the Coroner of Ontario

Provincial Advisory on ADR Steering Committee

SafeGuards Training Board

Steering Committee on Education Achievements

Tripartite Technical Table of the Chiefs of Ontario (Ex officio)