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Saskatchewan. Dept. of Social Services. Family Support Division

  • GA 132
  • Secondary Agency
  • 1983-1988

Established in 1983, the Family Support Division of the Department of Social Services provided child, family and youth social services by authority of The Family Services Act and Regulations and the federal Juvenile Delinquents Act. (after April 1984, the Young Offenders Act). Programs and services were delivered through a network of twenty-four service delivery units throughout the province. The division also oversaw provisions of service by non-governmental organizations that supplemented or complemented services provided by the department. The division reported to the Assistant Deputy Minister of the department, and was organized into two sections: Child and Family Services and Youth Services.

Child and Family Services included child protection, single parent services, adoption and foster care. Child protection services investigated into all reports of child abuse or neglect. Subsequent measures included counselling, referral and supportive services or the removal of a child from the home. Single parent services provided information, referrals, counselling, and pre-natal and post-natal support services, as well as services for single mothers seeking to place children for adoption. In addition, services were expanded to focus on teen parents. Adoption services were responsible for the recruitment, screening, preparation and selection of adoptive families for children in need of placement, as well as facilitating private and step-parent adoptions. In addition, the REACH (Resources for the Adoption of Children) program coordinated adoptions for children with special needs and circumstances. The Foster Home Program provided substitute family environments for children in need of temporary or permanent placement. Responsibility for children in foster care was shared between the department and the foster parents in the program.

Youth Services included young offenders services and residential services. Young offenders services administered cases of juvenile offenders in the justice system. Services offered were consistent with the Act, and included Alternative Measures (non-judicial mediation), Community Options (judicial interim release, community homes, day programs, community service orders, personal service orders, fines, compensation, and probation), and Custody Options (remand, open custody and secure custody.) Residential services were provided from four child care facilities: Saskatchewan Boys' Centre (renamed Paul Dojack Centre in 1985), Roy Wilson Centre, Dales House and Kilburn Hall, from purchased residential care from three non-governmental organizations and from government-funded group homes and receiving homes throughout the province.

As a result of a departmental re-organization in 1985, child and family services renamed the responsibility of the Family Support Division, while a separate division was created for young offender services. A subsequent re-organization in 1988 had responsibilities of the Family Support Division transferred to the Family Services Division.

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Social Services. Family and Community Services Branch

  • GA 129
  • Secondary Agency
  • 1978-1979

Established in 1978, the Family and Community Services Branch of the Department of Social Services was responsible for the delivery of a variety of programs under authority of the following acts: The Family Services Act, 1973; The Unified Family Court Act; The Children of Unmarried Parents Act, 1973; and the federal Juvenile Delinquents Act. Programs and services of the division were delivered through a decentralized network of regional offices throughout the province. The Branch was also responsible for the administration of grants and licensing to residential centres, group homes and day cares through its Community Services and Day Care Divisions.

Child protection services addressed reports of child abuse or neglect in homes and were administered through the Child Protection Registry. Foster care was provided in situations of temporary or permanent removal of children from their families. Adoption services provided counselling and facilitated planning for the placement of children relinquished for adoption. Adoptions were administered through ward and non-ward agreements, and through the REACH program (Resources for the Adoption of Children) which found placements in homes for children with special needs. Services to unmarried mothers included financial assistance, health care, maternity home care, counselling and training. Cases of juvenile offenders were administered in accordance with the federal Juvenile Delinquents Act. Institutional care for troubled youth was provided at four child care facilities (Saskatchewan Boys' School/Centre, Roy Wilson Centre, Dales House and Kilburn Hall) and at various private institutions throughout the province.

As a result of departmental re-organization in 1979, the Family and Community Services Branch became the responsibility of the department's Community and Personal Services Division.

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Social Services. Family and Youth Services Division

  • GA 126
  • Secondary Agency
  • 1992-2003

The Family and Youth Services Division of the Department of Social Services was established in 1992 through an amalgamation of services and responsibilities of two previous divisions: one for children and families and another for young offenders. In doing so, the goal of the department was to provide a more effective level of services to children, youth and families than in the previous organizational structure. Programs and services offered by the division were delivered by staff in twenty-five communities throughout Saskatchewan, from nine government-operated facilities, and by non-governmental agencies.

Activities of the division were focused around four key areas: Child Protection and Family Support Services; Alternative and Foster Care; Adoption; and Young Offender Services. Child Protection and Family Support Services addressed reports of child abuse or neglect in homes. In-house support provided by workers and non-governmental agencies included parenting education, life skills training, emergency babysitting, counselling and support, emergency crisis intervention, and work with local police and justice to address cases of abuse and/or sexual assault.

Alternative and Foster care was provided in situations of temporary or permanent removal of children from their families. The four types of foster care offered were: emergency; short-term; long-term and therapeutic. Children were also placed with extended family, in group homes or in short-term residential facilities. Stabilization, assessment and treatment services were provided, along with training and support to those offering foster care in their homes.

Adoption services provided counselling and facilitated planning for the placement of children relinquished for adoption. Adoptions were categorized as Crown ward (those in the care of Social Services) or non-ward (adoptions by step-parents, independent adoptions, international adoptions or adoptions via an agency.) Post-adoption services provided included the provision to adoption clients of background information on their birth parents, and the conducting of searches for birth families.

Young Offender Services administered the client files of youth, aged 12 to 17, who were in the justice system in accordance with the federal Young Offenders Act (Canada). Services were provided under a youth model of justice which recognized the differences in developmental level between youth and adult offenders. Services offered were consistent with the Act, and included Alternative Measures (non-judicial mediation), Community Options (judicial interim release, community homes, community service orders, personal service orders, fines, compensation, and probation), and custody options (remand, open custody and closed custody.) Young offender services were transferred to the Department of Corrections and Safety on March 26, 2002.

The Department of Social Services was discontinued on March 31, 2003. All services and programs except young offender services were continued under the Department of Community Resources and Employment.

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Social Services. Income Security Branch

  • GA 165
  • Secondary Agency
  • 1978-1979

Established in 1978, the Income Security Branch of the Department of Social Services was responsible for the delivery of programs under authority of The Saskatchewan Assistance Act. Income support was administered through the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan (SAP), the province's basic income support program. Funding for the program was shared with the federal government under its Canada Assistance Plan. In addition to income support, the SAP offered welfare services such as counselling, rehabilitation and preventative services to clients in need. The branch also administered two supplemental programs: the Family Income Plan for low-income families with children under the age of 18; and the Saskatchewan Income Plan for residents 65 and older whose incomes were limited to the federal Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement. As well, local appeal boards comprised of departmental staff and local citizens addressed grievances raised by clients about their applications for assistance under the SAP. Decisions of a local appeal board could be further appealed to the Provincial Social Services Appeal Board.

As a result of departmental re-organization in 1979, the Income Security Branch became the responsibility of the department's Income Support and Employment Services Division.

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Social Services. Income Support and Employment Services Division

  • GA 166
  • Secondary Agency
  • 1979-1980

Established in 1979, the Income Support and Employment Services Division of the Department of Social Services was responsible for the delivery of income security and employment programs under authority of The Saskatchewan Assistance Act and The Rehabilitation Act. The division was organized into two branches: Income Security; and Employment Programs.

Income support was administered by the Income Security Branch through the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan (SAP), the province's basic income support program. Funding for the program was shared with the federal government under its Canada Assistance Plan. In addition to income support, the SAP offered welfare services such as counselling, rehabilitation and preventative services to clients in need. The branch also administered two supplemental programs: the Family Income Plan for low-income families with children under the age of 18; and the Saskatchewan Income Plan for residents 65 and older whose incomes were limited to the federal Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement. Service delivery for the Income Family Plan and the Saskatchewan Income Plan was done centrally, while the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan was administered through a network of regional offices throughout the province. A verification section within the branch ensured that funds from the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan and the Family Income Plan were administered in accordance with the legislation, regulations and policies of the department.

Programs and services administered by the Employment Programs Branch included: the Employment Support Program; the Special Agricultural and Rural Development Agreement; the Vocational Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons' Agreement; as well as funding assistance to work preparation centres at Regina and Prince Albert. The Employment Centre Program provided grants to groups sponsoring employment opportunities to individuals receiving income support. The Special Agricultural and Rural Development Agreement provided funding for First Nations individuals to develop, finance and operate projects aimed at creating employment opportunities in rural Saskatchewan. The Vocational Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons' Agreement, co-funded by the federal and provincial governments, offered assessment, counselling, vocational training and employment placement for eligible individuals. Two work preparation centres assisted residents in finding and maintaining employment as an alternative to receiving income support.

As a result of re-organization in 1980, delivery of the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan became the responsibility of the department's Regional Services Division while program administration remained the responsibility of the Income Support Division.

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Social Services. Regional Services Division

  • GA 131
  • Secondary Agency
  • 1980-1983

Established in 1980, the Regional Services Division of the Department of Social Services delivered services under the authority of The Saskatchewan Assistance Act and Regulations, The Family Services Act, The Unified Family Court Act and the federal Juvenile Delinquents Act. Services and programs were administered from eight regions with district offices located in major centres within the regions. Services provided by the division included income support, child protection, unmarried parents' services, adoption, foster care, young offenders' services, special youth resources and emergency social services.

Income support services determined the eligibility of recipients for financial assistance and administered the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan. The Child Protection Program was responsible for the investigation into all reports of child abuse or neglect. Subsequent measures included counselling, referral and supportive services or the removal of a child from the home. Unmarried parents' services provided information, referrals, counselling, and pre-natal and post-natal support services to unmarried parents. Additionally, services were provided to unmarried mothers seeking to place children for adoption. Adoption services were responsible for the recruitment, screening, preparation and selection of adoptive families for children in need of placement, as well as facilitating private and step-parent adoptions. In addition, the REACH (Resources for the Adoption of Children) program coordinated adoptions for children with special needs and circumstances. The Foster Home Program provided substitute family environments for children in need of temporary or permanent placement. Responsibility for children in foster care was shared between the department and the foster parents in the program. Young offenders' services administered cases of juvenile offenders in the justice system. Departmental, community and residential services included counselling, legal assistance, psychological and psychiatric assessments, predisposition investigations, probation services and detention services. The division operated four child care facilities (Saskatchewan Boys' Centre, Roy Wilson Centre, Dales House and Kilburn Hall), purchased residential care from three non-governmental organizations and funded various group homes and receiving homes throughout the province. Emergency social services provided food, clothing, lodging and personal services in the event of large-scale disasters.

As a result of re-organization in 1983, income support became the responsibility of the department's Income Security Division, while all other programs became the responsibility of the Family Support Division.

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Social Services. Social Services Division

  • GA 128
  • Secondary Agency
  • 1972-1978

Originally established in 1972 as the Regional Services Division, the Social Services Division of the Department of Social Services was responsible for the delivery of a variety of programs under authority of the following acts: The Family Services Act, 1973; The Saskatchewan Assistance Act and Regulations; The Children of Unmarried Parents Act, 1973; The Rehabilitation Act; and the federal Juvenile Delinquents Act. Programs and services of the division were delivered through a decentralized network of regional offices throughout the province.

Programs administered by the division centered on child care and welfare, employment readiness, and income support.

Child protection services addressed reports of child abuse or neglect in homes. To aid in the delivery of service, a Child Protection Registry was established in 1977. Foster care was provided in situations of temporary or permanent removal of children from their families. The Special Foster Care Program offered care for children unable to benefit from traditional or institutional placements. Adoption services provided counselling and facilitated planning for the placement of children relinquished for adoption. Adoptions were administered through ward and non-ward agreements, and through programs such as the Aim Centre and REACH (Resources for the Adoption of Children) which found placements in homes for children with special needs. Services to unmarried mothers included financial assistance, health care, maternity home care, counselling and training. Cases of juvenile offenders were administered in accordance with the federal Juvenile Delinquents Act. Institutional care for troubled youth was provided at four child care facilities (Saskatchewan Boys' School/Centre, Roy Wilson Centre, Dales House and Kilburn Hall) and at various private institutions throughout the province.

Employment readiness was offered through initiatives such as the Work Activity Program, the Employment Support Program, the Summer Employment Project, the Winter Works Incentive Program, and Work Preparation Centres. These programs frequently operated in co-operation with other government departments. The aim of the programs was to provide skills training and employment opportunities for socially or economically disadvantaged citizens.

Income support was administered through the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan and other assistance programs to citizens with financial need or disability. In addition to income support, the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan offered welfare services such as counselling, rehabilitation and preventative services to clients in need. As well, Local Appeal Boards comprised of departmental staff and local citizens addressed grievances raised by clients about their applications for assistance.

The division also provided corrections services (1972 only), adult probation services (until 1976), and emergency welfare services.

The Social Services Division was renamed the Social Services Branch in 1976, and was in existence until a departmental re-organization in 1978. Responsibilities for child, youth and family services were transferred to the Family and Community Services Branch, employment programs were administered by the Employment Programs Branch, and income support programs became the responsibility of the Income Security Branch.

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Social Services. Young Offender Division

  • GA 127
  • Secondary Agency
  • 1985-1992

In 1985, the Young Offender Division of the Department of Social Services was established to administer the client files of youth, aged 12 to 17, who were in the justice system in accordance with the federal Young Offenders Act (Canada). Services offered were consistent with the Act, and included Alternative Measures (non-judicial mediation), Community Options (judicial interim release, community homes, day programs, community service orders, personal service orders, fines, compensation, and probation), and Custody Options (remand, open custody and secure custody.)

The Young Offender Division was discontinued in 1992 and responsibility for its programs and services was transferred to the department's Family and Youth Services Division.

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation. Child Welfare Branch, 1949-1951

  • GA 152
  • Secondary Agency
  • 1949-1951

The Child Welfare Branch of the Department of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation was established in 1949 to provide programs and services that assisted disadvantaged children and families. Its programs and services included: child protection; adoption; foster care; the education of blind children; and assistance for unmarried parents. Services and programs were administered under The Child Welfare Act and The Education of Blind and Deaf Children's Act, and were provided through a network of regional offices throughout the province. The Director of the Child Welfare Branch was V.M. Parr.

Child protection services addressed reports of child abuse or neglect in homes. Adoption services provided counselling and facilitated planning for the placement of children relinquished for adoption. Adoptions were administered through ward and non-ward agreements. Foster care was provided in situations of temporary or permanent removal of children from their families. Placements for these children included foster homes and children's institutions. Institutions operated by the branch included: a children's home at Green Lake; a babies' nursery in Regina; receiving homes in North Battleford and Regina; and a girls' hostel in Regina. The education of the province's blind children took place in Ontario at the Brantford School for the Blind. The branch coordinated the placement of students and assumed the cost of their education as no appropriate services were offered in Saskatchewan. Services to unmarried mothers included financial assistance, and support in establishing paternity of the children in order to secure financial assistance from the fathers.

In addition to services offered by department staff, Children's Aid Societies in Moose Jaw and Saskatoon provided child protection services and supervision of juvenile delinquents in those cities. As well, the Children's Aid Society of Saskatoon operated Kilburn Hall, a receiving home that offered temporary care for children of all ages.

As a result of departmental reorganization in 1951, the Child Welfare Branch was amalgamated with the department's Public Assistance Branch to form the Public Welfare Branch. All of the former branch's responsibilities were transferred to the new branch.

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation. Child Welfare Branch, 1954-1965

  • GA 154
  • Secondary Agency
  • 1954-1965

The Child Welfare Branch of the Department of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation was established in 1954 to provide programs and services that assisted children and families at risk. Its programs and services included: child protection; adoption; foster care; the education of blind children (until 1955); and assistance for unmarried parents. Programs and services were administered under The Child Welfare Act and The Education of Blind and Deaf Children's Act, and were provided through a network of regional offices throughout the province. The Director of the Child Welfare Branch was V.M. Parr.

Child protection services addressed reports of child abuse or neglect in homes. Adoption services provided counselling and facilitated planning for the placement of children relinquished for adoption. Adoptions were administered through ward and non-ward agreements. Foster care was provided in situations of temporary or permanent removal of children from their families. Placements for these children included foster homes and children's institutions. Institutions operated by the branch included: Embury House, a permanent residence for emotionally disturbed children (closed in October 1964); Dales House, a temporary residence for children; and the Saskatchewan Boys' School (opened in 1959), a temporary residence for delinquent boys. The education of the province's blind children took place in Ontario at the Brantford School for the Blind. The branch coordinated the placement of students and assumed the cost of their education. Responsibility for the education of blind students was transferred to the Department of Education in April, 1955. Services to unmarried mothers included financial assistance, and support in establishing paternity of the children in order to secure financial assistance from the fathers.

In addition to services offered by department staff, the Children's Aid Society of Saskatoon provided child protection services and supervision of juvenile delinquents in that city. As well, it operated Kilburn Hall, a receiving home that offered temporary care for children of all ages. The Children's Aid Society of Saskatoon ceased operations in 1959, at which time the branch assumed all services provided by the Society.

The Department of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation was discontinued on April 30, 1965 with the establishment of the Department of Welfare. Responsibility for child welfare programs and services was assumed by the Child Welfare Branch of the new department.

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