Are you a First Nations, Inuit or Métis family involved with the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa?
You have choices, you are not alone. The Circle of Care program is here to help you.

What is Circle of Care?

Circle of Care (COC) provides peaceful resolution using traditional Indigenous approaches for self-identifying First Nation, Inuit and Métis families involved with the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CAS). Indigenous families, status or non-status, are eligible for this program, regardless if they are working voluntary with CAS or they are court ordered.

COC supports you on your journey with CAS, by helping you navigate through the child welfare system, connect you to community resources and create safety plans for the well-being of your child and family.

The COC Coordinator and Facilitator do not work for CAS. They work on behalf of the Indigenous community. The Circle of Care can take place at a location that you feel most comfortable and safe for your family.

How can I get started?

What will happen?


For more information, contact the Circle of Care Coordinator:

Gina Metallic, MSW, RSW
613-748-0657  ext. 238


View the COC Brochure in English
View the COC Brochure in Inuktitut


COC Partners: Makonsag, Minwaashin Lodge, Odawa Native Friendship Centre, Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre, Tewegan Transition House, Tungasuvvingat Inuit, and the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.

Funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS).



Other contact information:

Vanessa Stevens
Mental Health Walk-in Crisis Counselor

(6130 748-0657 ext. 253


Jennifer Gaudreau
Family Therapist
(613) 748-0657 ext. 312


Margo Walsh
Family Systems Navigator
(613) 748-0657 ext. 284