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Agencies are really struggling’: High caseloads, lack of staff and long waits for treatment – CBC

by ahnationtalk on November 7, 201960 Views

Province expects agencies to find savings ‘on the backs of our children’: CFS agency director

Nov 07, 2019

West Region Child and Family Services is struggling to keep up with demand for services for children in care citing lack of staff, high caseloads and long waits for counselling and treatment, according to a document obtained by CBC News.

One of the agency’s guiding principles is preventing children from being apprehended by helping families stay together.

But in Pine Creek First Nation, there have been limited prevention programs to keep kids out of care “due to staffing shortage,” according to its 2018 annual service plan obtained through access to information.

The branch of WRCFS based in Winnipeg and Brandon identified a lack of preventative support services for families, the document says. This includes programs that help families overcome difficulties.

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