Training and Research

Over the past 20-plus years, ANCFSAO has developed a suite of community-based training programs, research reports and policy briefs, as well as supported numerous provincial, federal, Indigenous and tripartite initiatives. These include: 


Becoming an Ally: Culturally Safe Child Welfare Practice with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Families in Ontario
A cultural awareness training program for child welfare workers and professionals serving Indigenous children and families.

HEART and SPIRIT: Indigenous Family Development and Assessment
A culturally-based alternative to the PRIDE and SAFE for Indigenous children and families.

Indigenous New Worker Training
Deeply rooted in Indigenous worldviews, this training will prepare Indigenous child protection workers to provide culturally congruent services. Under development with anticipated roll out in spring 2020.

Prevention Worker Training
This training is designed to equip prevention workers with the tools necessary to create and deliver community-based prevention programs using a holistic, Indigenous approach. Under development with anticipated roll out in autumn 2019.

Specialized Training
ANCFSAO has developed and delivered specialized cultural competency training to governments working with the Indigenous child welfare sector for the purposes of supporting those governments to come to a better understanding of Indigenous child welfare perspectives.


An Exploratory Regional Study on Child Welfare Outcomes in Aboriginal Communities
An exploratory study conducted in partnership between the Faculty of Social Work of the University of Manitoba, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFS), the Association of Native Child and Family Service Agencies of Ontario (ANCFSAO), and 4 mandated Indigenous Child and Family Service Agencies within the Province of Ontario.

A Collaborative Approach to Improving Aboriginal Child Welfare: Development of Aboriginal Performance Indicators
A literature review and project report of Indigenous child and family well-being performance indicators.

Toward a System of Aboriginal Child and Family Well-being Prevention Performance Measurement
An Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) funded project to undertake a literature review of systems of prevention performance measurement and engage the Indigenous child and family service sector on key performance indicators.