The Department of Social Development has the legislated mandate under the Family Services Act of supporting regulations and program standards to protect and promote the social wellbeing of New Brunswickers. It does this by developing and delivering social service programs that encourage and support individual and family independence and self reliance. Under Child Welfare, the safety and development of children are protected. This is accomplished through such services as child protection, foster care, adoption and other programs involving children and families. The Act stresses the importance of the family and the need to deliver support services to families in the least intrusive manner. When a child must be removed from their home, the Act specifies circumstances under which a child can be "taken into care of the Minister".