Customary Care is the care and supervision of an Indigenous child or youth by a person who is not the child’s direct caregiver, according to the customs and traditions of the child’s band or Aboriginal community. Customary Care Agreements recognize that Indigenous children and youth thrive when family connections and cultural traditions are preserved and protected.

For information about Customary Care, please visit Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST)’s website.

NCFST is a multi-service urban Aboriginal agency providing holistic, culture-based programs and services for Aboriginal children and families.