Minister and Foster Family Coalition of the NWT Commit to Work Together to Support Children, Families and Youth

Yellowknife — January 31, 2020
Communiqué

After a productive meeting between the board of the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT, Minister Diane Thom and officials from the Department of Health and Social Services, and the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority, have agreed to find new ways to collaborate for addressing the on-the-ground and in the home needs of caregivers, and for addressing challenges within the child and family services system.

At the heart of these discussions is the shared understanding that the safety and wellbeing of children is paramount and that caregivers, frontline workers and officials all want to see improved outcomes for children, families and youth.

Discussion on the importance of strong relationships and partnerships at all levels resulted in agreement to:

  • Revisit, strengthen and refresh existing forums for working together,
  • Look at ways to improve communication from the top down and from the bottom up, and
  • Collaborate on ways to address challenges being experienced on the frontlines and in the homes of caregivers and to make system improvements

Participants agreed that child protection and community social workers are a valued and essential part of the child and family services system. They also agreed that and that their voices should be heard in order for the best outcomes for children and youth.

Minister Thom will be hearing from frontline child and family services workers later today and has directed that officials focus on collaborating with the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT and with caregivers to improve communication throughout the system and to find solutions together.

Minister Thom will be hearing from frontline child and family services workers later today and has directed that officials focus on collaborating with the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT and with caregivers to improve communication throughout the system and to find solutions together.

 

Quotes:

“I want to thank the board of the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT for hosting us and for sharing with me, and officials, the frustrations and challenges they are seeing and experiencing first-hand. Our discussions today were very positive and I know that we are more committed than ever before to work together to make things better for children, families and youth.  I look forward to seeing the results we can achieve by working together”

-Diane Thom, Minister of Health and Social Services

 

“Today was an important step in the right direction for improving things for foster families and children and youth in care. Foster caregivers want what is best for children in care, and today was a positive step towards finding better ways to communicate and collaborate so that critical information is getting to officials at all levels and to our frontlines and in our foster homes.”

-Dawn Pottinger, Board President, Foster Family Coalition of the NWT

 

 

Media Inquiries:

 

Tammy Roberts

Executive Director,

Foster Family Coalition of the NWT

Email: info@ffcnwt.com

 

Trista Haugland

Media and Communications Coordinator

Government of the Northwest Territories

Ph: 8667-767-9140 ext. 11092

Email: trista_haugland@gov.nt.ca