Who we are

Message from the Executive Director

Thank you for visiting our website.

Brant Family and Children’s Services (Brant FACS) – formerly Children’s Aid Society of Brant and one of the first child protection agencies in Ontario – is proud of our relationships and standing within the communities we serve. We have followed a ‘community based’ philosophy since the early 1970’s that extends beyond the usual definition and has proven to be very successful. Our de-centralized model has staff working in and alongside neighbourhood residents where they can build trust, learn about their needs, build on strengths, provide access to services and supports in a convenient manner, and help to avoid crises before they happen.

We believe in transparency and the ongoing pursuit of improved outcomes for children and families. You will find numerous reports – those required by the government for Broader Public Sector Standard reporting and sever others – in the Reference Materials section. If you are interested in learning more about our Agency’s protection investigation policies and procedures, you will also find our service manuals posted there.

We believe in continuous learning and have some of the highest educated child welfare staff in the province. Child welfare is a vital part of social work services. Although we act as ‘agents of the state’ in terms of keeping children safe, it is important that we also serve as advocates for the marginalized and oppressed in our society. Child welfare professionals can find technical articles written by our staff for university studies and/or special projects or workshops in which they participated professionally. Feel free to download the useable teaching version of a current psychosocial model made available there. We hope you find it useful in your practice.

Brant FACS currently provides supports and services to children and families in Brant County, New Credit and Six Nations (a relationship that began in 1954). Since 1987, we have had a team of Indigenous workers providing services in a culturally appropriate manner that meets the needs and values of their people’s communities. Our Board and staff believes in and supports the devolution of services and will continue to work alongside Six Nations as their new child welfare agency – Ogwadeni:deo – pursues designation. Moreover, we are pleased to continue as service provider to the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations.

We hope that you find our website informative and easy to navigate. Should you have any questions or concerns about our philosophy and/or services, we’d be happy to speak with you. Together, we can improve the well-being of children and youth in our community.

Andrew Koster
Executive Director