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- Saskatchewan. Dept. of Social Services
- Saskatchewan. Dept. of Social Services. Regional Services Division
- Saskatchewan. Dept. of Northern Saskatchewan. Social Services Branch
- Saskatchewan. Dept. of Northern Saskatchewan
- Saskatchewan. Dept. of Welfare
- Saskatchewan. Dept. of Welfare. Operations Division
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The Department of Welfare was established on May 1, 1965 and repealed The Department of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Act (S.S. 1949, c. 10). It provided for the department, its staff, departmental organization, powers and duties, and other miscellaneous provisions necessary for the proper conduct of the business of the department. At its establishment, the department was organized into eight branches: Staff Services; Public Assistance; Child Welfare; Housing and Special-care Homes; Corrections; Rehabilitation; Regional Services; and Emergency Welfare, along with the Bureau on Alcoholism. Programs and services were offered through a network of eleven regions in the province.
The Staff Services Branch provided administrative services for the department, including accounting, records management, procurement, legal services, human resources, research and planning.
The Public Assistance Branch provided programs to residents of the province who demonstrated financial need. Programs included social aid, aid to dependent families, old age assistance, disabled and blind persons' allowances, and deserted wives and children's assistance.
The protection and care of children in need was provided by the Child Welfare Branch. Programs offered included protection services, support to unmarried mothers, adoption services, foster care and institutional care for children not suitable for foster care.
The Housing and Special-care Homes Branch offered programs and residence for aged, needy and blind persons, as well as residence for low-income families throughout Saskatchewan.
The Corrections Branch administered correctional services to offenders through its three correctional centres, as well as rehabilitation, parole and probation services.
Vocational rehabilitation programs and services were offered to the province's disabled by the Rehabilitation Branch. The branch also administered academic and vocational training programs to Métis groups in the province.
The Regional Services Branch administered a network of ten regions that delivered public assistance, child welfare, vocational rehabilitation, corrections and geriatric programs and services throughout the province. Regional offices were located at Regina, Weyburn, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Fort Qu'Appelle, Yorkton, Melfort, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, North Battleford and Meadow Lake.
The Emergency Welfare Services Branch oversaw programs and services that provided response and relief after natural and man-made disasters. The branch also made available mobile disaster assistance to other provinces and to the United States.
The Bureau on Alcoholism administered programs that offered education and treatment to persons afflicted with alcoholism. The Bureau also conducted research into alcoholism and its treatment. Responsibility for the Bureau was transferred to the Department of Public Health in November 1965.
In 1968, a major reorganization of the department took place, aimed at further decentralizing authority and responsibility of the department's programs and services. The department's internal administration was organized into five branches: Administration; Personnel; Staff Training; Information and Public Relations; and Research and Statistics. An Operations Division was established to deliver services offered by the department to residents of the province. The previous network of regional offices was maintained, with each lead by a regional director. As well, the province's correctional, child care, rehabilitation and geriatric centres were organized under the division. The Program Division was responsible for the assessment and modification of programs offered by the department. It consisted of a director and eight consultants specializing in program areas of the department.
The Department of Welfare was discontinued on May 12, 1972 with the establishment of the Department of Social Services.
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The Operations Division of the Department of Welfare was established in 1968 upon a reorganization of the department. As part of the reorganization, all public assistance, child welfare, corrections, geriatric care and emergency welfare programs and services delivered by the department were made the responsibility of the branch. Programs and services were offered through a network of eleven regions and at various institutions throughout the province. The division was headed by the department's Associate Deputy Minister (Operations), C.A. Westcott.
Public assistance was administered through the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan and other programs for citizens with financial need or disability. In addition to income support, the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan offered welfare services such as counselling, rehabilitation and preventative services to clients in need. As well, Regional Appeal Committees and Regional Advisory Boards, comprised of departmental staff and local citizens, addressed grievances raised by clients about their applications for assistance.
Child welfare programs and services assisted disadvantaged children and families. Child protection services addressed reports of child abuse or neglect in homes. Foster care was provided in situations of temporary or permanent removal of children from their families. Placements for these children included
foster homes and children's institutions. Adoption services provided counselling and facilitated planning for the placement of children relinquished for adoption. Adoptions were administered through ward and non-ward agreements, and through programs such as the AIM (Adopt Indian and Métis) program. Services to unmarried mothers included financial assistance, health care, maternity home care, counselling and training. Cases of juvenile offenders were administered in accordance with the federal Juvenile Delinquents Act.
Corrections programs, including adult probation and parole services, were provided through the provincial correctional institutions and from the various regional offices. Geriatric services and programs were provided to the aged and infirm at two geriatric centres and a nursing home. Emergency welfare services were available for response and relief after natural and man-made disasters.
The Operations Division ceased existence on May 12, 1972 when the Department of Welfare was discontinued. The operation of the department's programs and services was continued under the Social Services Division of the Department of Social Services.
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The Department of Northern Saskatchewan (D.N.S.) was established on May 1, 1972. It was created based on a commitment made by the Government to the people of northern Saskatchewan to create a single agency that would facilitate the development and administration of programs and services tailored to the needs of the north. Central offices for the D.N.S. were located in La Ronge, and its jurisdiction was the Northern Administration District. The following deputy ministers were responsible for the department throughout its history: J. W. Churchman (1972-1974); M.B. Derrick (1974); Douglas F. McArthur (1974-1975); Marcel L'Heureux (Acting 1975-1976; 1976-1979); J.B. Stobbs (Acting 1979); R.L. Purdie (1979-1983); and Peter Van Es (1983-1984).
Responsibilities were transferred from the following government departments to the D.N.S. between May 1972 and April 1973: Natural Resources; Mineral Resources; Education; Social Services; Co-operatives; Public Health; Agricultures; and Government Services. Throughout much of its history, the department was organized based on four key areas: economic and resource development; project management; social development; and support services.
Economic and resource development initiatives created by the department encouraged growth and prosperity for the people of the north. Branches were devoted to the management, protection and development of resources including fisheries, forestry and agricultural lands; the promotion of tourism and recreational opportunities; and human resource development through the Prospectors' Incentive Plan and the Colleges Branch (later known as the Northern Continuing Education Branch).
Project management related to the development, construction and maintenance of public and private infrastructure in the north. Branches of the department devoted to project management included the Construction and Maintenance Branch; Northern Housing Branch; Engineering Services Branch; Municipal Facilities Branch and Central Services Branch.
Social Development focused on academic education of youth, social services, and public health services. Programs and services were provided through the Academic Education Branch; the Social Services Branch; and the Health Services Branch. By 1980, the Northern Continuing Education Branch was also included in the social development realm.
Support services included those services that benefited the people of the north, and those that assisted the department itself. External support services were provided through the Northern News Branch (later known as the Extension Services Branch); the Northern Air Services Branch; Field Services Branch; and the administration of Saskatchewan Northlands Agreement subsidies. Internal support services included administrative services; personnel and training; financial services; an office for legislation and regulations; planning and research; and the department's Crown solicitor.
The Department of Northern Saskatchewan was disestablished on July 16, 1984. This marked the conclusion of a nearly two-year process of functions and responsibilities of the department being realigned and transferred back to other government departments.
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In the months following the establishment of the Department of Northern Saskatchewan (D.N.S.) in May 1972, responsibility for social services programs to the province's Northern Administration District was transferred from the Department of Social Services. A Social Services Division was organized under the Operations Branch of the D.N.S. during the 1972-1973 fiscal year. Regional offices were established at Uranium City, La Ronge, Buffalo Narrows and Creighton, and a temporary office was located at Meadow Lake. Program delivery in the areas of public assistance, child welfare and probation commenced. For the 1973-1974 fiscal year, a Social Services Division existed as part of the Health and Social Development Branch. Despite the change in organizational structure, there was no alteration to the programs and services offered. A permanent regional office at Green Lake replaced the temporary location at Meadow Lake.
By the 1974-1975 fiscal year, a Social Services Branch was established. For the duration of its existence, the branch focused on the program areas of public assistance; child and family welfare; corrections; community services. Programs and services continued to be delivered through the network of regional offices, which included a sixth office at La Loche by 1975.
Public assistance was offered through the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan and Old Age Social Security Assistance. Child and family welfare services included: child protection; foster homes and child care centres; adoption services; day care centres; assistance to unmarried mothers; and administration of putative father cases. Community recreation centres were established in 1974. Additional community services introduced by the branch included: the Services to the Elderly Program (by 1980 known as the Northern Home Care Program); the Employment Support Program; and rehabilitation programs for residents with alcohol dependency. Corrections initiatives included: probation supervision and programs; the supervision of parolees from federal institutions living in the north; a probation hostel located at Potato Lake; and community corrections centres at Besnard Lake and Buffalo Narrows which opened in 1981 and 1982, respectively.
The Social Services Branch existed until 1982, when responsibility for social services was transferred back to the Department of Social Services. The Department of Northern Saskatchewan was disestablished in 1984.
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The Department of Social Services was established in 1972 and repealed the former Department of Welfare Act. It provided for the department, its staff, departmental organization, powers and duties and other miscellaneous provisions necessary for the proper conduct of the business of the department, including the constitution of the Welfare Board. Administrative offices for the department were centralized in Regina and accommodated the Minister, Deputy Minister and directors of the departmental divisions.
At its establishment, the department was organized into four divisions: Regional Services; Community Grants and Standards; Programs; and Corrections, and two branches: Administration; and Personnel and Training. Programs and services were delivered through a decentralized network of eleven regional offices.
In late-1972, the Core Services Administration was established as an interdepartmental agency comprised of the Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the Departments of Health, Education and Social Services and an executive director. The role of the agency was to administer programs for mentally and physically handicapped citizens that were previously administered by the three departments.
By 1980, the department was organized into six divisions: Operations; Regional Services; Corrections; Continuing Care; Income Support; and Community and Personal Services. Programs and services were delivered through a regional office system as well as through non-governmental organizations.
In 1990, the department was organized into seven divisions: Policy and Intergovernmental Relations; Human Resources; Community Living; Young Offenders; Family Services; Income Security; and Support Services. Programs and services were delivered through a regional office system of six regions, through various Saskatchewan Employment Centres and in partnership with non-governmental organizations.
By 2000, the department was organized into three core divisions: Family and Youth; Community Living; and Income Security. Support services for the department were delivered through three divisions: Organizational Development; Technology and Property Management Services; and Financial Management Services, through four branches: Communication and Public Education; Research and Evaluation; Strategic Policy; and Intergovernmental Relations, and through the Community Development Unit. Programs and services continued to be delivered through a regional office system of six regions and in partnership with non-governmental organizations. As well, the department oversaw the Office of Disability Issues.
The Department of Social Services was discontinued on March 31, 2003 with the establishment of the Department of Community Resources and Employment.
Throughout its history, the department focused on four key functions in the delivery of its programs and services: social assistance; child and family services; correctional services; and community services. Social assistance was administered through the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan and other assistance programs to citizens with financial need or disability. In addition to income support, the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan offered welfare services such as counselling, rehabilitation and preventative services to clients in need.
Child care services offered included protection of children in troubled family situations, administration of juvenile offenders under the Juvenile Delinquents Act (later the Young Offenders Act), assistance to unmarried mothers; adoption; foster care; and institutional care for troubled youth. The administration of young offender case files was transferred to the Department of Corrections and Public Safety in 2002.
Correctional services aimed to protect society from those who committed crimes, but also to assist those who committed crimes though guidance, retraining or treatment programs. These programs included educational and vocational training, counselling and therapy, and probation, community residence and parole services. Correctional services were transferred to the Department of Justice in 1983.
Community services offered by the department included day care, recreational services for senior citizens, housing and continuing care for seniors, the disabled or chronically ill and children under institutional care, rehabilitation services and programs for disabled citizens and those with special needs, and emergency social services. In 1983, the administration of continuing care was transferred to the Department of Health.
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Established in 1980, the Regional Services Division of the Department of Social Services delivered services under the authority of The Saskatchewan Assistance Act and Regulations, The Family Services Act, The Unified Family Court Act and the federal Juvenile Delinquents Act. Services and programs were administered from eight regions with district offices located in major centres within the regions. Services provided by the division included income support, child protection, unmarried parents' services, adoption, foster care, young offenders' services, special youth resources and emergency social services.
Income support services determined the eligibility of recipients for financial assistance and administered the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan. The Child Protection Program was responsible for the investigation into all reports of child abuse or neglect. Subsequent measures included counselling, referral and supportive services or the removal of a child from the home. Unmarried parents' services provided information, referrals, counselling, and pre-natal and post-natal support services to unmarried parents. Additionally, services were provided to unmarried mothers seeking to place children for adoption. Adoption services were responsible for the recruitment, screening, preparation and selection of adoptive families for children in need of placement, as well as facilitating private and step-parent adoptions. In addition, the REACH (Resources for the Adoption of Children) program coordinated adoptions for children with special needs and circumstances. The Foster Home Program provided substitute family environments for children in need of temporary or permanent placement. Responsibility for children in foster care was shared between the department and the foster parents in the program. Young offenders' services administered cases of juvenile offenders in the justice system. Departmental, community and residential services included counselling, legal assistance, psychological and psychiatric assessments, predisposition investigations, probation services and detention services. The division operated four child care facilities (Saskatchewan Boys' Centre, Roy Wilson Centre, Dales House and Kilburn Hall), purchased residential care from three non-governmental organizations and funded various group homes and receiving homes throughout the province. Emergency social services provided food, clothing, lodging and personal services in the event of large-scale disasters.
As a result of re-organization in 1983, income support became the responsibility of the department's Income Security Division, while all other programs became the responsibility of the Family Support Division.
The Department of Northern Saskatchewan transferred some of these records to the Saskatoon office, Saskatchewan Archives in three accessions between 1978 and 1982: S78-67 (July 11, 1978); S81-135 (July 28, 1981); and S82-199 (August 23, 1982).
The Regina and Wynyard offices of the Saskatchewan Department of Social Services transferred some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan
Archives, in two accessions between 1995 and 2007: R1995-199 (May 15, 1995); and 2007-202 (June 20, 2007).
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This series consists of samples of putative father case files created and used by staff of the Saskatchewan Department of Social Services, the Social Services Division of the Department of Northern Saskatchewan, and the Department of Welfare from 1971 to 1982. Case files were created by staff in situations where the paternity of and legal relationship to a child required confirmation to facilitate the provision of child support payments to the child's unmarried mother. Legislation administered by staff included: The Child Welfare Act; The Family Services Act, 1973; and The Children of Unmarried Parents Act, 1973.
No sub-series have been identified in this series.
The types of records in this series include: client summary reports by staff; affidavits of paternity; admissions of paternity; attestations for child support payment; file allotment slips; client index registrations; memoranda; and correspondence.
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- Saskatchewan. Dept. of Social Services (Creation)
- Saskatchewan. Dept. of Social Services. Regional Services Division (Creation)
- Saskatchewan. Dept. of Northern Saskatchewan. Social Services Branch (Creation)
- Saskatchewan. Dept. of Northern Saskatchewan (Creation)
- Saskatchewan. Dept. of Welfare (Creation)
- Saskatchewan. Dept. of Welfare. Operations Division (Creation)