It is recognized that often the best way to serve and protect children is to help their families. We know that the best time to assist families is before problems grow serious enough to cause family breakup or require removal of children from the home.
This knowledge has been incorporated into the Child and Family Services Act. Manitoba law now encourages child and family service agencies to develop and offer family support services although funding continues to be drastically reduced. These services are geared to helping families stay together. They recognize the importance of helping families in their homes and communities, and encourage community participation in operation of services.