The mandate of the Kawartha Family Court Assessment Service (KFCAS) and its affiliated services are:
To provide the Courts with comprehensive, independent, clinical assessments, to assist with the disposition of cases under the following sections of legislation;
i) Section 34 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act
ii) Section 98 of the Child Youth and Family Services Act
iii) Section 30 of the Children’s Law Reform Act
To conduct reviews of children’s placements in institutions of ten beds or more, and to make recommendations regarding the appropriateness of the placements, pursuant to Section 62-66 of the Child Youth and Family Services Act, this service being provided under the Residential Placement Advisory Committee;
To provide both on-site and off-site family mediation for the Family Court in Peterborough, Lindsay and Cobourg; provide the information and referral staffing for the Family Law Information Centre in the three Family Courts and; provide mandatory information sessions in the four counties. This service is being provided under the Four Counties Family Court Mediation Service.
To work within the community of children’s services, to ensure that the delivery of services meets the needs of children and families, in the most effective and efficient manner.
We assist children, individuals, families, the Courts, and service providers by providing information and clinical analysis through assessment, recommendations, mediation, counselling, and other supportive programs and services.
We are guided by the following values:
- Service Excellence
We believe in delivering the best possible services for our clients, as defined by the use of best practices established by applicable legislation, professional associations and/or colleges, and regulatory bodies.
We respect the dignity and diversity of children, individuals, and families by welcoming people of all backgrounds, identifies, histories, and needs, and by using inclusive processes.
We believe in the potential for change within individuals and families, and we look to build on their inner strengths. We recognize the best interest of children as a paramount concern. Where possible, we also support maintaining the integrity of family units and offering least intrusive interventions.
We work together with our community partners in a collaborative way, exploring opportunities for shared innovations and service improvements.
We work together within our agency to foster a positive organizational culture, support one another, and create a healthy work environment.