About child protection
Do you have the right to a lawyer in your child protection case?
The law says that there are some special situations where a parent has the right to a lawyer to make sure that their court case with the Children's Aid Society (CAS) is fair. In these situations, the government must pay for your lawyer.
To get the government to pay for your lawyer, you usually have to go to court and ask for a court order.
This type of order can be very hard to get. It will not happen in most cases.
How to get access to see your child after CAS takes them
A Children's Aid Society (CAS) worker can enter your home, by force if necessary, to search for and take your child away from your home. It's important to get legal help right away if this happens.
After your child is taken from your home, you usually have the right to see your child before you have a child protection hearing or trial. This is called access.
What to do if you get court papers from CAS
When you get court papers from a Children's Aid Society (CAS) for the first time, it probably means that CAS has started a court case against you.
The form that CAS uses to start a case is called an “Application” or a “protection application”. It will say Form 8B: Application (Child Protection and Status Review) near the top right corner.
Can you have access to see your child after CAS puts them for public adoption?
Special or extraordinary expenses are childcare expenses that are not included in the basic monthly amounts of child support. These expenses are sometimes called section 7 expenses.
Child support is money paid by the parent that spends the least amount of time with the child to the parent who takes care of the child most of the time. It is used to help cover the costs of caring for the child.