Child and Family Services Agency Transition


Changes to foster homes managed by B & L Resources

On August 20, 2020, the Province of Manitoba gave notice to B&L Inc. indicating it will no longer be utilizing B & L Resources Inc. as a foster care provider. Foster homes managed by B & L Resources were all licensed by Winnipeg Child and Family Services (CFS). 



Frequently Asked Questions - Agency


What is changing about foster homes currently managed by B & L Resources Inc.?

On August 20, 2020, the Province of Manitoba gave notice to B&L Inc. indicating it will no longer be utilizing B & L Resources Inc. as a foster care provider. Foster homes managed by B & L Resources were all licensed by Winnipeg Child and Family Services (CFS).

Children currently placed in foster homes managed by B & L Resources Inc. will remain in the same foster home, but licensing, management and support of the foster homes will transfer to culturally appropriate CFS agencies.

 

How will it be determined which CFS agency will take over licensing and management of a foster home affected by this change?

A working group with representation from the Province, CFS authorities, and CFS agencies will make a recommendation to the licensing agency based on the number of children in home and their guardian agency. The CFS agency with the most children in the home will be the recommended licensing agency. In circumstances where there are an equal number of children from different agencies, the recommendation will be based on the agency that had a child placed within the home the longest.

What role will foster parents have in this decision?

Foster parents will be made aware of the recommendation as to the licensing CFS agency. A new foster home license will not be issued, until the foster parents are comfortable and provide consent. The transition working group will determine a resolution process for any situations where there is not consent to the change.

Can a CFS agency decline to take on a foster home license?

Yes. If a CFS agency completes an assessment and decides to not proceed with licensing a foster home, that agency is responsible to locate and provide a suitable placement for the child in the care of their agency placed in that home. This decision should be shared with the transition working group.

A CFS agency can also determine whether it would be willing to license a foster home where there are no children under the guardianship of that agency placed within the home, or where the majority of placements within the home are from another agency.

What happens to the foster home rates?

As of October 23, 2020, the moratorium on rates beginning January 1, 2021 for a period of 60 days has been extended to April 30, 2021 once the new license is issued by the CFS agency. After that time, the agency can make an appropriate determination based on an assessment of the needs of the child as to what the ongoing rate should be. The rate hold extension supports stability to the foster home, strengthening of relations between the agencies and foster parents, and additional time for planning and decision making.

 

Any rate changes need to follow the rate approval process as set out by the CFS agency's overseeing Authority. For more information, see FAQ on Foster Care Rate Determination Process



Who will manage and support these foster homes?

These homes will be managed and supported by their new licensing CFS agency.
As with other foster homes licensed to a CFS agency, management and support will include: visit arrangements, foster parent support and guidance, transportation arrangements, foster parent training, financial support.

Agencies should meet with foster parents transitioning from B & L Resources to let them know how these supports will be provided, and of key contact people at the agency.

Where appropriate, CFS agencies should inform the families of children in care of changes to management of the foster home where that child lives. This may be especially important for First Nation, Metis children who have specific protections under the new Federal legislation (An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Metis children, youth and families).

What will happen to the B & L Resources Inc. foster care file?

These homes will be managed and supported by their new licensing CFS agency.

As with other foster homes licensed to a CFS agency, management and support will include: visit arrangements, foster parent support and guidance, transportation arrangements, foster parent training, financial support.

Agencies should meet with foster parents transitioning from B & L Resources to let them know how these supports will be provided, and of key contact people at the agency.

Where appropriate, CFS agencies should inform the families of children in care of changes to management of the foster home where that child lives. This may be especially important for First Nation, Metis children who have specific protections under the new Federal legislation (An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Metis children, youth and families).

What happens to homes where there is an appeal or investigation underway?

These homes will be reviewed by the transition working group to determine whether (or where) they will transfer to, or if the home will remain licensed by Winnipeg pending the outcome. The guardian agencies for the children affected will be kept informed of this process.

When will this change happen?

This process will occur over approximately 120 days starting September 1, 2020. Some licenses will transfer faster than others and foster parents and key stakeholders will be provided with information on the actual transition plan.

A working group has been established to develop a timeline for transfers and implementation. Regular and on-going communication will occur to ensure all foster parents, B & L Resources Inc. staff, the CFS agency and Authority, and Provincial staff are working collaboratively. This change should not disrupt services to children.

Where can I find more information?

For inquiries about foster home licensing, contact your licensing agency worker. 

For inquiries regarding children in your care, contact that child’s worker. 

To locate your agency contact information and/or to understand more about the agency services inquiry process, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childfam/cfsagencies  


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