Shawenim Abinoojii. Inc. Support Worker Program’s (“SWP”) mission is to provide coordinated support services to First Nation children, youth and families. SWP continues to promote cultural and recreational programs that empower and enhance the lives of First Nation children, youth and families.

SWP was developed to provide comprehensive support services to children, youth and families residing on or off reserve. SWP provides the support services for family visits, family enhancement, mentoring and emergency services.

Family Visits

A Support Worker provides one-time or on-going family visitation services to children and their families. The Support Worker may be responsible for a combination of the following: transporting and/or escorting children and their family members to and from visit locations, providing constant supervision of the visit, or carrying out periodic checks on the family.  Family visits may take place in a family home, foster placement, a hotel, an office visiting room, in a community, in the SWP Visiting Homes or any other designated location.

Family Enhancement

The Support Worker provides preventative strategies, resources, skills and support that strengthens family functioning. The family enhancement referral is to assist in preventing children from entering into agency care. The Support Worker will not enable families but assist families in obtaining skills needed to have a successful home environment. The Support Worker is to establish an objective and caring relationship with families and children.

Mentoring

Mentoring takes place when a Support Worker spends individualized time with a child or youth. The Support Worker will act as a positive role model for the child or youth, and will assist in facilitating recreational activities, life skills, cultural activities, or any other activity that will help the child or youth achieve their goals.

Emergency

A Support Worker may provide emergency services for a variety of reasons. These services are required immediately and generally given less than 24 hours’ notice.

Contact

Scott Barchuk,
Manager,
Support Worker Program

(204) 924-6052