Dakota Ojibway Child & Family Services (DOCFS)

Agency Overview

Dakota Ojibway Child and Family Services (DOCFS) was established to provide child and family services to the seven (7) First Nations in Southern Manitoba.

The objectives of Dakota Ojibway Child & Family Services (DOCFS) are compatible to those of all Child and Family Service Agencies in the Province of Manitoba with an emphasis on First Nation values.

  • To protect children from abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • To strengthen and unify families by providing services that are compatible to the needs of family and the community in which they reside
  • To place children in the Agency’s care in a loving environment with extended family, with families in their own community or within other First Nation families

  • Our services recognize traditional First Nation values and customs and is compatible to the needs of the community in which they reside. Our focus is to protect children and to strengthen the capacity of families and communities to resolve their own problems and prevent the circumstances that lead to the apprehension of children.
    - Traditional Values & Customs, DOCFS

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Communities We Serve

Dakota Ojibway Child & Family Services delivers services to the eight DOTC communities:

  • Birdtail Sioux 
  • Canupawakpa
  • Long Plain 
  • Roseau River
  • Sioux Valley
  • Swan Lake 
  • Dakota Plains
  • Dakota Tipi
  • Winnipeg

Services are also available to membership anywhere within the Province of Manitoba, including offices in Brandon, Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg.

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Dakota Ojibway Child & Family Services offers a wide range of programs and services to help promote healthy and happy families. 

  • Child Protection
  • Family Enhancement
  • Prevention Services
  • Minor Parents
  • Foster Care
  • Adoption/Guardianship
  • Post Adoption/Repatriation

Additional Information

Additional information on available programs can be accessed by visiting the DOCFS website.

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  • It is only when people experience a sense of freedom that they can learn responsibility; it is only when people participate in the decision-making that shapes their lives that alienation is discouraged; it is only when people are helped to see alternatives in their lives that change takes place; and it is only in an atmosphere of flexibility that any of this can happen.
    - Dave Daniels, DOCFS Chairman

We are taking care of our own.

If you would like to learn more about our organization, the services we provide or our member agencies, please feel free to start a conversation.

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