By Felix Charron-Leclerc Local Journalism Initiative Reporter When it comes to caring for at-risk children, the Nunavut government relies mostly on foster families to take care of children and youth in need of a safe home. Foster parents are provided training and financial support, but the need is still large. “There are currently 180 children in foster care. Over 30 of those are placed with extended family,” says Tony Canny, communication specialist with the Department of Family Services (DFS) for the Government of Nunavut. There are three main types of foster family homes: kinship foster care, which is provided by an adult(s) who the child is familiar with, such as a relative, family friend, a friend’s parents; regular pre-approved foster carers, who are community members that accept children into their homes
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