The Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family Services Society (KKCFSS) operates in Ktunaxa Territory, with Ktunaxa values integrated into planning and delivery of services. KKCFSS recognizes other tribes and tribe members living within the Ktunaxa Territory and their unique cultures. Our Values, Principles, Programs and Services reflect this recognition.
KKCFSS Principles were created by KKCFSS Board of Directors and KKCFSS Coordinators.
Program/Service Development & Delivery
- Citizens of the communities we serve, including the views of the family and ancestral community of the child, wherever possible and appropriate are central to the design and delivery of programs and services.
- Ktunaxa and KKCFSS values are integrated into planning and delivery of services.
- Service Development and delivery are influenced by personal and community experiences including Residential Schools, the 60’s Scoop and World War II.
- Programs and services address causes including systemic and structural barriers.
- Program and services are culturally-based.
- Programs and services are established and continuously evolving based on program and service outcomes and the diverse and evolving needs priorities and expectations of individuals, families, love yourself as if your life depended on itand communities, including their cultural, linguistic, spiritual, social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.
Culture and Tradition
- Cultural, racial, linguistic, and spiritual beliefs, including knowledge and traditional practice, are integral to the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.
Regulations and Acts
- Delegated services are provided in accordance with the Child, Family, & Community Service Act and AOPSI.
- Program and service delivery structures are aligned with Legislation, regulations, standards and policies.
- Program and service deliver structures are strength-based, aligned with Signs of Safety and the KKCFSS Case Management Model.
- KKCFSS services are integrated, wherever possible and appropriate, with government Ministry and community agency services and programs based on family needs and expectations.
Program and Service Information and Accessibility
- Family and children are informed of the services available to them.
- Programs and services are accessible to every citizen of the communities we serve, whether on or off reserve, Status or non-Status.
- Programs and services are regularly monitored and evaluated in a transparent manner.
Planning for Children
- The preferred environment for the care and upbringing of the children is the family or the people significant to the child. If required, support services will be provided to assist in establishing a safe and nurturing environment for a child.
- In permanent or temporary planning for a child, relationships, and potential for future relationship with family, extended family and ancestral community are considered and will be preserved.
- Preservation of a child’s sense of identity, belonging, acceptance and connection to his/her cultural community is essential in determining the child’s best interests.
KKCFSS Responsibility/Child Entitlement
- KKCFSS ensures the safety, well-being, and the best interest of children, recognizing that children are entitled to be protected from abuse, neglect and harm or threat of harm.
- Families are involved in decisions that affect them, i.e. considering the impact on a child, making or keeping connections and purposeful planning.
- Views of the child are taken into account when decisions relating to the child are made, considering factors such as maturity, physical and emotional needs, development level and the child’s level of understanding.
- Decisions relating to children are made and implemented in a timely manner.
- Clients’ personal information and privacy are protected with the context of child protection legislation and acts.