Nova Scotia’s child welfare system

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CECW Information Sheet #43E. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work.

In Nova Scotia, the Department of Community Services is responsible for the quality and delivery of child welfare services, which are provided by a network of independent not-for-profit children’s aid societies and family and children’s services agencies, and government-run district offices. The Department of Community Services develops policies and programs, ensures that services are delivered in compliance with legislation, and provides funding to the independent agencies. It also provides services for international adoption and adoption disclosure, licenses residential care facilities, and administers the provincial Child Abuse Register and a secure care facility.

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