Parents Legal Centre
If you already have a lawyer working with you on your child protection issue, the Parents Legal Centre can't help you.
The Parents Legal Centre (PLC) helps parents settle their child protection matters early on and collaboratively (everyone working together). It offers services at any stage of the child protection case, from first contact with the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a delegated Aboriginal agency, until it's obvious the matter can't be settled out of court in a cooperative way.
The first PLC opened in 2015 at the Vancouver Provincial Court. There are now six locations to serve communities across BC.
The Parents Legal Centre provides:
- information and advice about settling child protection issues out of court,
- legal advice and representation through mediation and family case planning conferences,
- legal advice and representation at uncontested hearings (this means you and the ministry have come to an agreement),
- an advocate who will support you and go with you to meetings and appointments, and
- referrals to other services, including online resources and other public agencies.
You may be eligible for these services if:
- your income and assets fall within the limits,
- you're a parent, guardian, or person taking the place of a parent, and
- your case can be settled out of court in a cooperative way.