Province providing $8 million to develop two-year pilot program for children with disabilities

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Manitoba is spending $8 million to develop a two-year pilot transition program to help families of children with disabilities who are no longer able to provide care, but who do not want their children in the care of Child and family services.

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The new bridge program, announced Friday, will have dedicated funding of $4 million per year. The province aims to support about 20 families a year, Families Minister Rochelle Squires said.

“This pilot project will provide the right level of support for families experiencing caregiver fatigue and ensure their children are supported safely in foster care arrangements, with access to specialist services,” Squires said in a statement. Press.

“These arrangements will include family involvement, which will reduce the need for child and family services care.”

The province says Children’s Disability Services currently provides support to about 6,000 families across Manitoba.

Province Provides Financial Support for Survivors of Violent Crime

The province announced $100,000 in funding to help with the programs and services of Candace House, a non-profit organization that supports victims and survivors of violent crime.

The funds will be used for programs such as Healing Haven and the newly created Heart Spaces at the Kennedy Street location in Winnipeg. Candace House provides family members of homicide victims with a place to rest, get court updates, and get emotional support while navigating the justice system.

The Heart Spaces program strives to increase holistic services for victims and survivors of violent crime by providing victim- and survivor-centered spaces for encounters between families, victims and people working within the system. of righteousness.

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The Healing Haven program provides people with a “home-like” refuge during the day for families and victims affected by violence or the death of a loved one.

“Over the past three years, Candace House has experienced an increasing demand for our services,” Candace House Executive Director Ceciilly Hildebrand said in a press release. “This funding will ensure that victims and survivors of violent crime have access to comprehensive, trauma-informed and culturally safe supports as they navigate Manitoba’s justice system.

Candace House reported in November 2021 that it has helped approximately 500 victims, survivors and family members since it began operating in its current format in November 2018.

The province says those funds will come from the Criminal Property Forfeiture Branch, which since 2009 has distributed $19 million to Manitoba communities. The program confiscates and liquidates criminal assets and redirects funds to initiatives such as Candace House.

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Ryan H. Bowman