Peel CAS has collaborated with Indus Community Services to create the SAATH program. SAATH, which means “together,” aims to provide a culturally centered approach, with a focus on the unique perspectives and experiences of the South Asian community.
When Peel CAS comes in contact with a family who may benefit from SAATH, staff reach out to Indus to connect with a cultural facilitator. This facilitator has strong connections to South Asian communities and familiarity with their languages, religions, traditions, and cultural practices. Also well-versed in the specifics of the child welfare system, the facilitator can provide culturally appropriate resources and support to the family, help navigate cultural issues, and advocate for the family’s needs in cooperation with the child protection worker.
Peel CAS is pleased to be building strong working relationships with the many communities in Peel Region. SAATH and Akoma are important steps toward building trust with families of diverse cultural backgrounds to work together on building a better future for the children and youth we serve.