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Child Protection


Includes information on rights of children and parents when the Children's Aid Society becomes involved or when the children are "in care."

What the clients may say:
  • "A teacher reported my child’s bruises. Now the Children’s Aid Society has called me to investigate."
  • "The Children’s Aid Society took my children and I got a notice for a child protection hearing."

Legal Services

African Canadian Legal Clinic

Specialty test case litigation clinic focusing on systemic racial discrimination, public education, and individual, community & government consultation. (No direct legal services to individuals except in relation to test cases.)


Connects low to middle income individuals with legal professionals – lawyers, mediators and paralegals- who have agreed to work at a reduced rate. In order to use JusticeNet, individuals must make a net family income that is no higher than $59,000 per year.

Law Society Referral Service

Provides the name of a lawyer or paralegal who best fits a person’s stated needs. The service is not designed to provide legal advice or second opinions.

Legal Aid Ontario Client Service Centre

Provides legal aid services to eligible persons. Eligibility is based on financial, and legal factors.

Office of the Children's Lawyer

The Office of the Children's Lawyer represents children under the age of 18 in court cases involving custody and access and child protection, as well as in civil, and estates and trusts cases.

Ottawa Legal Information Centre

Offers legal information services, such as general explanations regarding the law and other legal topics, and is not authorized to provide legal advice or legal assistance.

Reach Canada

Educates and informs persons with disabilities, family members, lawyers and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and ensures that quality legal and social representation is provided. Provides lawyer referral services for people with disabilities through a network of lawyers who volunteer.

Other Services

Child and Family Services Review Board

The Child and Family Services Review Board (CFSRB) conducts reviews and hearings on a number of matters that affect children, youth and families in Ontario.  The CFSRB is one of the eight tribunals that make up Social Justice Tribunals Ontario (SJTO).

Children's Aid Society of Ottawa (CAS)

Under the Child and Family Services Act, CAS has a legal obligation to follow up any report that a child may need protection and must intervene in any situation where a child under 16 is threatened with physical or emotional harm or sexual abuse, or is neglected, orphaned or abandoned. Anyone who has reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is at risk of abuse is obligated to report it to CAS. 

Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Mandate to make it easier for families to access the services they need at all stages of a child's development.

Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children & Youth

The advocates receive and respond to concerns from children, youth and families who are seeking or receiving services under the Child and Family Services Act and the Education Act (Provincial and Demonstration Schools) and provide an independent voice for children and youth, including children with special needs and First Nations children. 

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