Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Assessments (Manitoba)

Province/Territory
Manitoba

Type of service
Family Court Services

Services offered
When parents cannot agree on matters involving their children, the court may direct Family Conciliation to assess the family situation to help determine the best interests of the children. A counsellor interviews and observes the parents, the children, and other involved parties and based on that information, prepares a report for the court to consider. Families may be referred for a shorter, focussed assessment or a full, more traditional evaluation. Family Conciliation counsellors are considered to be the court's witnesses and can be cross-examined on the assessment report by both parties. In addition to in-house staff, Family Conciliation has a roster (list) of social service professionals it uses as contractors for this service.

Pilot or ongoing service
Ongoing service

Department responsible
Family Conciliation, Manitoba Department of Families

How to access this service
Parents are referred by order of the court.

Location(s)
Family Conciliation is available throughout Manitoba. There are offices in Winnipeg, Brandon, Dauphin, Thompson, The Pas and Flin Flon. Please refer to the following web site for a list of program locations:http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childfam/family_conciliation.html
[ Service(s) offered ]

Language(s)
English and French

Publications/information
http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childfam/court_ordered_assessment.html

Costs
No charge

Governing legislation/legislative authority
Part IX of The Court of Queen's Bench Act, C.C.S.M. c. C280.
Part III of The Provincial Court Act, C.C.S.M. c. C275.

Contact person(s)
Ron Bewski, Area Director and Operations Lead Family Conciliation
2nd floor - 379 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0T9
Telehone: 204-945-7236
Fax: 204-948-2142
Toll free: 1-800-282-8069 (Ext. 7236) in Manitoba

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