Indigenous Perspectives Society

IN Perspective

Lifelong Connections Fund Receiving Applications

The Lifelong Connections fund provides up to $4500 for community events and activities that raise awareness of permanency for Indigenous and Métis children and youth. The activities can take place up to March 31, 2018.

All Indigenous and Métis organizations in BC who provide child and family services can apply! Apply at www.lifelongconnections.ca by the deadline of September 13th, 2017.

What is “permanency”? When kids can’t live with their family, they need other adults to step in and provide permanency for them. Permanency means a child or youth has a secure place in a family and a lifelong commitment from at least one adult who can offer them love, guidance, a sense of belonging, and a connection to their culture and heritage. Sometimes permanency means legal adoption (including Aboriginal custom adoption), permanent guardianship, moral adoption, or a significant lifelong relationship with a relative or family friend.

The Lifelong Connections fund is an initiative of the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD) in partnership with the Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC), the Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS), Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Child & Family Services, the Métis Commission for Children and Families of BC, Métis Nation BC, Northwest Internation Family & Community Services Society (NIFCS), and Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFASS).

Need more information? Have a question? Visit www.lifelongconnections.ca or email lifelongconnections@bcadoption.com.

Or call Mary Caros or Brianna Brash-Nyberg at 604-320-7330.