Community-Led Collaboration Project
To support a community engagement approach to the development of family connections centres.
We are working on the adjustments for this project based on the recent announcement by Premier Eby. Please visit us back in January 2023.
In October 2021, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) announced the new CYSN service framework and the creation of family connections centres.
The implementation of the framework is scheduled for Fall 2024 to Spring 2025.
With the significant shift in the delivery of services, it is important to support those who are impacted by the changes including children and youth with support needs and their families, service providers, professionals, and community members.
The Community-Led Collaboration Project aims to build on the existing strengths of community-based models and explore what truly collaborative and connected networks can achieve together for children and youth with support needs and their families.
In Fall 2022, our team will engage communities in a series of round tables and virtual workshops. We will gather information and distribute key findings back to communities in a timely and transparent manner.
In Spring 2023, in the second phase of the project, our team will coordinate a Community Engagement Grant program designed to support 35 communities to create an inclusive, collaborative, and culturally safe and appropriate approach to developing family connections centre proposals.
Why Are We Doing This Project?
The Community-Led Collaboration Project is an opportunity for B.C. service providers, families of children and youth with support needs, and community members to engage in meaningful and inclusive conversations about the development of family connections centres.
The conversations, designed in partnership with communities, will help inform an inclusive, culturally safe, needs-based approach to the development of family connections centre proposals. This includes the specific circumstances of a community, the young people and families in need of support, and most importantly, the voices of people not historically included.
Inclusion BC is a non-profit provincial organization that advocates for the rights and opportunities of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. They are a federation of members that include people with intellectual disabilities, their families, and organizations that serve them.
Member page: Inclusion BC
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
The BCAAFC is the umbrella organization for Friendship Centres across B.C. They work to promote, develop, and deliver accessible programs and services that support Indigenous peoples living in urban areas and away from home to achieve their vision of health, wellness, and prosperity.
Member page: Friendship Centres – BCAAFC
The Federation of Community Social Services of BC
The Federation of Community Social Services of BC represents over 140 agencies who provide support to individuals and communities in B.C. They have been strengthening and supporting their members and B.C.’s community services sector by networking, exchanging information, building skills, and by consistently bringing a balanced perspective to discussions with provincial and national decision-makers.
Member page: FCSSBC
BC Association for Child Development and Intervention
BCACDI agencies are non-profit and accredited, delivering a wide range of services to children and youth with special needs and their families. BCACDI works with the government, organizations, and other stakeholders to address issues impacting service delivery to children and youth with special needs.
Member page: BCACDI
Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD)
24 months (July 2022-June 2024)
Project Key Activities:
Project Team’s Guiding Principles
The arrival of family connections centres presents an opportunity to build on the existing strengths of BC’s current system in order to best support children, youth, and families. We will support communities to have different conversations and make sure all interested community members participate in these conversations.
- Reconciliation & Decolonizing
Our commitment to reconciliation and decolonization is guiding our approach to community engagement. We are committed to engagement that is inclusive, accessible, and culturally safe, with an appropriate approach that makes space for historically excluded voices and perspectives. By co-designing in partnership with the communities we’re visiting, the project will support service providers to develop proposals that are founded in a commitment to reconciliation.
- Transparency and Timeliness
After each community engagement, we’ll circulate timely summaries that keep participants informed and help ensure service providers can develop their family connections centre proposals without delay.
Inviting community members to engage in conversations that will bring them together to serve children, youth, and families in their areas is important. We believe inclusive communities are healthier communities. We want to support service providers to develop family connections centre proposals that emphasize inclusion.
Which communities will we visit?
Phase 1-Community Engagement:
The four initial communities are:
- Campbell River
- Port Alberni
Supplementary communities are:
- Fort St. John
Criteria for overall community selection:
- Presence of willing community partners.
- Diversity of population sizes.
- Rural, urban, remote, isolated, and/or accessible.
- Diversity of economy.
- Newcomers to Canada.
- Indigenous partners.
- Number of service providers.
- Number of people using services (gaps in service).
In each community, there will be a local community engagement team that will work together to co-create the community engagement sessions.
What has the government announced?
MCFD is leading a systemic shift to help more children and youth with support needs and their families access services. The Ministry’s shift aims to break down barriers and provide more access to culturally safe services, regardless of where people live.
- CYSN Engagement Updates – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)
- Improved system coming for children and youth with support needs | BC Gov News
- Children and youth with support needs – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)
What are some of the concerns about the CYSN Framework?
For some children and youth with support needs and their families, this shift represents a new opportunity to have their needs met, and for many, there is great concern and anxiety that what they have built for their child will be lost in this new approach to support.
As a project team, we believe it is possible to have concerns about the changes and bring communities together to respond to the opportunities.
For an overview of some of the concerns, listen to this interview with the BC Representative of Children and Youth
We believe it is possible to have concerns about the changes and bring communities together to respond to the opportunities.
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