Resources for Indigenous families

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Join Stefanie Laurella of Lawson Lundell as she explains what custom adoption is and who can custom adopt children.  An overview of the Custom Adoption Recognition Act will be discussed along with a review of the historical and current case law in the North and how that compares to recognition practices in the rest of Canada.

Custom Adoption 101 Video Custom adoption laws Slideshow Handout [pdf]

Adoption Resources: adoption-centre-of-british-columbia resources 

This is part of the immobilization group for the Secwepemc around Custom Adoptions and Child Welfare.

Helpful Guides for Family Law and Child Protection:

Indigenous grandmothers play an important role in extended family rights in British Columbia (BC). You can have grandparents take care of your children if you are unable to. This group works in three major areas: law reform, litigation, and public legal education.  Currently working on Child Welfare Reform and Advocacy for kinship care. 

For more information and resources please visit: 

Human Rights Commission findings when talking to kinship caregivers and recommendations: Pathways in the forest: Indigenous guidance on prevention based child welfare. Westcoast Leaf

Updated Wrapping Our Ways Around Them: CFCSA working with Indigenous Families 2021 Wrapping our Ways Around Them

We can’t make the same mistake twice: her opening in the court case against MCFD: Cindy Blackstock Child Welfare

MCFD: Overview of services for children and youth with special needs and their families 


Indigenous advocacy groups, agencies and support groups listed here: 

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