In Ontario, child protection services are governed by the Child and Family Services Act and provided by various children's aid societies (CAS, CCA or NCFS) throughout the province. A Society may initiate an investigation about the care a child is receiving when concerns are raised about the caregiver's parenting abilities.
The reasons for the investigation can be numerous. They may be far reaching and cause the parents tremendous stress, particularly if a parent feels a Society has judged him/her/them unfairly and is relying on inaccurate information. A Society may start a court application against the child's parents or caregivers. The child may be removed from their care if an investigation leads to suspicion that the child is in need of protection.
To ensure procedural fairness the Child and Family Services Act has built-in procedures that provide parents with the opportunity to challenge decisions that affect their interests. In addition, these procedures mandate disclosure to caregivers of information the Society is alleging about the family. Allegations may involve a criminal history, not simply current charges in a criminal court.
In child protection cases, time is of the essence. Child protection cases proceed quickly and may be complicated. For parents or caregivers this is a very emotional and stressful time. Legal advice in these cases is essential. It is important that you have a lawyer who has extensive experience in child protection law. It is also critical that you have a lawyer who will take the time to understand your family's situation and who will explain each step of the process to you.
As an experienced advocate in child protection law, Elizabeth will ensure that the process is equitable and that the rights of the parents or caregivers are protected during the legal process.
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Salus populi suprema est lex.
The welfare of the people is the ultimate law.
- Cicero 106 - 43 B.C.