Child protection/removal

If a child's safety is at risk, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (or a delegated Aboriginal agency) must look into it. If necessary, the ministry must take the child from the home.



The basics

Fact sheets

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 a delegated Aboriginal 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.

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.

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.