Child protection and the Aboriginal community
Identifies the law around child protection for Aboriginal children in BC, sets out some aspects of the child protection/removal process, and explains parents' and band rights and responsibilities.
Understanding Aboriginal child protection/removal matters
Describes what Aboriginal parents can do if they're being investigated for a child protection matter.
Understanding Aboriginal delegated agencies
An overview of Aboriginal delegated agencies (a part of the Ministry of Children and Family Development who provide child welfare services) and their potential role in Aboriginal child protection matters.
Understanding court orders and hearings — Information for Aboriginal families
Describes the court orders and hearings that are part of the process for child protection cases.
Benefits for grandparents and other relatives raising children
Charts that describe the kinds of benefits grandparents or other relatives raising children might get and under what circumstances, and links to other sites that explain how and where to apply for these benefits.
Making plans for your child's care
Collaborative planning and decision making in child protection cases
Describes how to work with the Ministry of Children and Family Development to make a plan or agreement about your child's care. Options include family group conferences, traditional decision making for Aboriginal families, and mediation to resolve issues instead of going to court.
Family group conferences
Explains the option of collaborative decision making, where a child’s parents, relatives, close friends, or other community members meet about how to keep the child safe and to develop a plan for the child's well-being.
Family support services
Family support services can provide parents with temporary help from the Ministry of Children and Family Development or an Aboriginal delegated agency to care for their children in rough times.
Making agreements for your child's care
Describes help you can get to care for your child and reduce the strain on your family, including from community services or government programs and by making family support agreements, Voluntary Care Agreements, or Special Needs Agreements.
Special Needs Agreements
Describes assistance programs from the Ministry of Children and Family Development for children with permanent or long-term severe or developmental disabilities or identified as at risk for developmental delay.
Tips about making agreements for your child's care
Describes what to keep in mind if you’re thinking of making an agreement with the Ministry of Children and Family Development about your child's care. Tips include getting legal help, being part of decision making, and keeping notes.
Voluntary Care Agreement
Describes the Voluntary Care Agreement, a written agreement proposed when parents face a crisis that leaves them temporarily unable to care for their children at home.
Describes mediation and mediators, sets out where to find a mediator, provides information about distance mediation and the Supreme Court mediation pilot project, and includes links to a list of available family mediators.
Mediation in child protection cases
defines mediation, describes when it can help in child protection/removal cases, lists tips for working with a mediator, and provides links to other useful resources.
Why see a lawyer about your court-ordered plan of care? (for youth aged 12–18)
Information for young people aged 12 to 18 about their rights if they have been asked to agree (in writing) to a court order for a plan of care by a child protection worker for the director of Child, Family, and Community Services.
Getting legal aid if your children are (or may be) taken away
Advises parents whose children are (or may be) taken away by the Ministry of Children and Family Development to see a lawyer as soon as possible, and sets out their rights to legal aid if they are financially eligible.
What an advocate can do for you
Information about what an advocate is, what they can do, and where to find one.
Aboriginal Child Protection Fact Sheets