Walking together with Indigenous children, youth, and families to achieve the inherent right to culture and connections : evolving Cowichan Valley MCFD Social Worker Practice with Foster Caregivers
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The research determined Ministry of Children and Families (MCFD) front-line social worker (FLSW), walking together practice with Foster Caregivers and Indigenous, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children and youth in MCFD care to affirm the inherent right to culture and connections. The data revealed that Caregiver and worker relationships are fundamental to the child/youth's connection to their culture/community. Thier success is reliant upon persistent and invested worker practice. The Research Circle participants' data underscored that connection to culture and community are core to the children and youths' sense of belonging and healthy identity formation. A healthy identity, sense of self in context of Indigenous culture/community, and general well-bing of the children and youth in care (aka belonging) is improved through the collaboration of FLSW's supportive, effectice and collaborative relationships with Caregivers. This will inform MCFD, Indigenous Peoples and relevant contract agencies of current and potential future practice.