Introduction to Our Programs

WCAA offers a range of supervised visitation programs for
children and their family members. WCAA services may be utilized by parents, and in some circumstances by step-parents, grandparents and siblings. All parties utilizing our services are required to abide by program expectations and policies to ensure safety and consistency. The program is not intended for children currently in the care of Child & Family Services.

Our goal is to provide access services in accordance with our guiding principles of:

  • Respectful Communication
  • Accessibility
  • Child-focused
  • Safety
  • Neutrality
  • Consistency

Please use the links to the left to learn more about each of the Programs we offer at the Winnipeg Children's Access Agency.

WCAA History — A Need for Services

New facility at 385 River
WCAA's facility at 385 River Avenue since 2008

The Winnipeg Children's Access Agency Inc. (WCAA) was established in 1996 in response to an identified need for supervised parent-child access services. Initially, visits facilitated through the agency were monitored by paid contract supervisors and took place in the community or in the visiting parent's own home.

In response to the inability of some parents to afford associated service fees, the Temporary Access Program (TAP) was created to offer services to families free of charge. While TAP relied on donated space in a local day care center and monitors volunteered their time, the program was nonetheless difficult to sustain in the absence of ongoing financial support.

In 1998, proposals to provide parent-child access services in the Thompson, Brandon, and Winnipeg areas were solicited by the Province of Manitoba under the Department of Family Services & Housing. In 1999, WCAA was awarded the contract to provide services in the Winnipeg area and entered into a funding agreement with the province's Family Violence Prevention Program. Government support for supervised access services was based largely on recommendations generated through a commission of inquiry into the 1995 murder-suicide of a Winnipeg couple, Rhonda and Roy Lavoie.

The Winnipeg Children's Access Agency Inc. operates as a not–for–profit, charitable organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Our onsite personnel complement is comprised of a mix of paid staff, volunteer monitors, and post secondary students completing practicum placements. For more information about how you can contribute to WCAA, please visit our Get Involved page.