Weechi It Te Win Family Services

Site: Fort Frances - Idylwild Dr

Service: Alternative Care Program

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Description & Services
Description (Service) Coordinates child protection and prevention programs and services that promote the preservation of Indigenous culture 
  • Enforces and supports the Duty To Report principle, requiring all persons to report suspected child abuse 
  • Investigates and assesses, in a manner that is culturally appropriate, all reports of child abuse including emotional, physical, sexual and neglect
Alternative Care Program (ACP) 
  • Facilitates short term and long term placements (foster care) for children requiring out of home care 
  • Promotes foster care placement in homes of extended family within child's community; if not possible then works to secure placement within Anishinaabe homes 
  • Processes applications for individuals wishing to become caregiver homes
Treatment Foster Care Program 
  • Provides ongoing support and training primarily to foster families and children placed in care in order to maintain success of program and to prevent breakdown of placement 
  • Addresses the needs of the child/youth in care in the areas of cultural awareness, independent living skills, academic needs and vocation and life skills training 
  • Provides individual counselling and group therapy to address issues such as, but not limited to sexual identity, depression, anger management and family of origin issues  
  • Provides ongoing education to First Nation communities to build their capacity to care for own children and youth
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm
Areas Served Anishinaabeg of Naongashing First Nation - Big Island ; Couchiching First Nation ; Lac La Croix First Nation ; Mishkosiminiziibiing First Nation - Big Grassy River ; Naicatchewenin First Nation ; Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation ; Onigaming First Nation ; Rainy River First Nation ; Seine River First Nation ; Stanjikoming First Nation - Mitaanjigamiing
Eligibility Must be a member of any of the 10 First Nations communities in the Rainy Lake Tribal Region either on/off-reserve
Application Alternative Care Program

Referrals for placement must be made through Alternative Care Coordinators either at the Community Level or the Tribal Level
Individuals wishing to become caregivers must submit:
  • Completed application form
  • Criminal reference check
  • Medical report
  • Consent for Home Study I
  • Consent for Home Study II
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, upon request
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-274-3201
Toll Free Phone 1-800-465-2911
After Hours Phone 807-274-3201 (Leave message and call will be returned within 30 minutes)
Fax 807-274-8435
E-Mail laurie.rose@weechi.ca
Website www.weechi.ca
Social Media Facebook Facebook, Twitter Twitter
Primary Contact Raylene Johnson, Receptionist
Alternate Contact Donna Mainville, Alternative Care Coordinator; Phone: 807-274-3201 ext 4020; Email: donna.mainville@weechi.ca
Site Location Nanicost Building
Located In Community Fort Frances
Address 1455 Idylwild Dr
Fort Frances, ON P9A 3M3
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Intersection Idylwild Dr and Lake Rd
Mailing Address PO Box 812 
Fort Frances, ON P9A 3N1
Physical Access Partially Accessible - Entrance -- Accessible from street level but no automatic push button door; Parking -- Accessible with one designated handicapped parking space; Washroom -- Not accessible ; Building has elevator
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 1987
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS)
Elections Annual Corporate Election