Dilico Anishinabek Family Care

Site: Thunder Bay

Service: Customary Care and Kinship Services

Description & Services
Public Comments Customary Care 
Is the full time care, nurturing and protection of a child by a customary caregiver identified by the child's First Nation community 
Caregiver(s) may include relatives, First Nation community members, or an adult with whom the child has a bond 
This definition is designed to be inclusive and respectful of cultural values and ties to affection 
Temporary Care Agreement: The child is placed in the care of the Children's Aid Society on a voluntary basis by the caregiver  
Society Wardship: The child is court ordered into the temporary care of the Children's Aid Society  
Crown Wardship: The child is made a permanent ward of the Children's Aid Society and could be placed for adoption
Description (Service) Customary Care (Mikinaak Model) 
  • Refers to the traditional practice of raising a child within the First Nation, where all members of the family, extended family, relatives and community are involved 
  • Requires that the child's First Nation community is involved in his/her placement within Dilico
Kinship Service 
  • Provides children with support and care consistent with their family and community traditions 
  • Caregivers promote the placement of the child under his or her care and is someone with whom the child is comfortable 
  • Provides financial assistance in emergencies in order to help stabilize the placement of the child or prevent child's admission to care
Note: Unlike customary care, under kinship services, the child is not in the care of Dilico
Permanent Care Service 
  • Facilitates arrangements to provide a home for children who are separated from their family  
  • Retains legal responsibility for the child  
  • Provides initial orientation and ongoing training  
  • Reimburses for all expenses incurred for welfare of child including living, medical, clothing, school and extra-curricular expenses  
  • Provides access to a full range of therapeutic and relief services
Hours Office Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Areas Served Thunder Bay District
Eligibility First Nations children and families already involved with Dilico Child Welfare services
Permanent Care Service 
  • First Nations children in care 
  • Various eligibility criteria must be met to become a foster family or parent
Application Call for information
Languages English ; Ojibway
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-623-8511
Toll Free Phone 1-855-623-8511 Mon-Sun 24 hours
Crisis Phone 1-855-623-8511 Mon-Sun 24 hours
Fax 807-626-7999 
Toll free 1-855-626-7999
E-Mail communications@dilico.com
Website www.dilico.com
Site Location Fort William First Nation
Located In Community Thunder Bay
Address 200 Anemki Place
Thunder Bay, ON P7J 1L6
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Intersection Anemki Pl and Mission Rd
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 1987
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Children and Youth Services