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Customary Care: A Culturally Competent Approach to Working with Aboriginal Children and Families (Workshop 60)
Informal and conversational interviews were conducted with elders, spiritual advisors, and healers to acquire their knowledge about traditional family systems, customary childcare, cultural healing, family and community care, family dysfunction and management, and custom adoption. The workshop overview of these findings focuses on examples of patterns, themes, processes, and procedures of customary care that can be explored and used in the development of Customary Care Programs. Participants gain insight into how an Ontario model of customary care and the research utilized to assist the development of that model may be used as a sample for other Aboriginal cultures/service delivery systems as they explore their own customary care.
Larry W. Jourdain, H.B.S.W.
Association of Native Child
and Family Services Agencies of Ontario
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
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