Getting legal help
Has Children's Aid contacted you or taken your kids?
Talk to a lawyer immediately. Do not sign anything.
If you qualify, then we can help you if you:
- want to see your children.
- want your children at home with you.
- are a family member or a member of the child's Indigenous community and you want the child to stay with you.
- want to see and talk with your child although they have been placed for adoption.
Sometimes, you can work with Children's Aid without going to court. You may qualify for a lawyer to help you with:
a voluntary agreement. This means you work with Children's Aid to help you care for your child. For example, you could get counselling or tested for drugs. You can get help for an addiction or let Children's Aid visit your home.
a customary care agreement. This is when someone (not the mother or father) cares for a First Nations, Métis or Inuit child in a way that they can stay connected to their band or culture.
a temporary care agreement. This is when Children's Aid agrees to take care of your child for a short time because you cannot, and you do not have friends or family who can. For example, you might have to leave the country suddenly or need medical care.
participating in a traditional First Nations, Métis or Inuit talking circle.