Native Child Welfare & Prevention

The Child Welfare Program provides family and child support as well as advocacy to community members on and off reserve when Children’s Aid Society or Niijaasaananik Child & Family Services is involved with a family.  We provide supports with home visiting, office visits, and court attendance in our district. 

Know the Facts!  It is your right to have a band representative present if Children’s Aid or Nijaasaananik requests a visit with you and your family whether you live on or off Nipissing First Nation.  We have an agreement/protocol that our Native Child Welfare department be notified prior to these agencies entering the First Nation.  It is also your right to refuse a visit until your band representative is present.

The Child Welfare Program also helps in the recruitment of new foster parents and customary care parents within the community as an important step in keeping Nipissing member children within their home community.

Child Welfare Contact Information:

Wendy Lariviere, Native Child Welfare Supervisor 
705-753-2691  |  wendyl@nfn.ca

Whitney Couchie, Native Child Welfare Support Worker
705-753-2050  |  whitneyc@nfn.ca


The Prevention Program provides children and youth with programs in the community to enhance the physical, emotional and spiritual well being of our children and youth utilizing a holistic approach.

Our programming is split between two age groups: 6-12 years and 13 -24 years.  We have a male and a female support worker who work hard to coordinate new and exciting programs each month to keep our youth engaged.  Some of this programming includes:

  • Craft and Movie Nights
  • Kids’ Socials and Theme Nights
  • Family Programming including Moccasin Making, Shaker & Rattle making.

The Native Child Welfare Prevention Program continues to facilitate and develop special projects while working with other community programs in various educational activities throughout the year.

  • Welcoming Babies with Lawrence Commanda Health Centre (LCHC);
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration;
  • Movie Nights with NFN Food Bank.

Prevention Contact Information:

Katie Lariviere, Prevention Worker (ages 6-12)
705-753-2050  |  katiel@nfn.ca

Follow the Nipissing First Nation Native Child Welfare Program and NFN Events Facebook pages for updates!