Ontario Child Protection Tools Manual - Feb 2007and Ontario Child Protection Standards in Ontario
These two documents are a must read for every family having to deal with a child protection agency in Ontario. These documents describe how child protection workers must carry out their duties. For parents who feel that child protection workers have failed to carry out their duties with due diligence, these documents may help to give parents the ground to make CAS workers in Ontario accountable for what they do. Information contained in these books may even be helpful to parents who feel that they have the grounds for a civil lawsuit against a particular CAS worker or CAS agency.
How to record your own court hearing
This document explains how citizens can and should record their own court hearings. Based on the Courts of Justice Act for Ontario, this document will help citizens excerpt their rights to record their own court hearing. Following the guidelines in this document will bring greater accountability to the system.
The Law of Habeas Corpus in Canada as it applies in Custody of children
Some excerpts from the Butterworth's publication from 1974 which covers the issue of Habeas Corpus in Canada relating to child custody cases. This may be helpful to those wanting to learn more about this little know section of the Law. Parents who have had children taken by child welfare authorities may find this helpful.
Risk Assessment Model from Child Protection in Ontario (2000)
If you or a member of your family are involved with a child protection agency in Ontario (usually called a Children Aid Society) you should study this document and know it inside and out. This will give you knowledge of the criteria that workers must follow in determining if your children are at risk which will allow them to intrude into your family. For those families who are being harassed by a child protection agency, knowledge of this risk assessment tool may well give you the knowledge to fight back and to get these workers out of your life. Every parent should be reviewing this document with the workers should they get a call or be involved with a child protection agency or worker. Every parent should make the worker explain as to what criteria they had which caused them to believe that your children are at risk of harm. This tool was part of the training package to Ontario Lawyers in 2004 so although it was produced in the year 2000, it is still considered current in 2004.
Ontario's Office of the Children's Lawyer Social Worker Guidelines for Social Worker reports
Ontario's Office of the Children's Lawyer (OCL) has always been very protective and secretive of is social worker guideline manual for conducting social worker investigations for the OCL. The OCL is so protective of this document that even Clare Burns, the Children's Lawyer office personally appeared before the Milton, Ontario court in April of 2004, accompanied by taxpayer funded OCL lawyers to argue why parents in court facing the OCL should be denied the right to view this this document which was paid for by the taxpayers of Ontario. Senior lawyer, Dina Moyal, testified under Oath in court one time that the Office of the Children Lawyer did not have a Code of Ethics [link to Dina Moyal's court testimony here] when in fact the OCL did have some of its own published code of ethics guidelines and considerations. One must ask as to why the OCL is so obsessed about keeping these documents out of the public's hands.
What is also interesting about the testimony of Dina Moyal is that she stated that it is not an assessment performed by the Office of the Children's Lawyer when they are involved under 112 of the Courts of Justice Act. Most parents are under the impression otherwise when the OCL sends in a social worker. In another statement she made, she stated that the OCL was accountable to the Court and to the Attorney General's Office. What ever happened to the children? Is the OCL not accountable to the children it claims to be helping? In an indication of the kind of training that OCL workers receive, Ms. Moyal said that the OCL only provides their workers with an "idea" of how other organizations do their assessments. With millions of dollars of taxpayer's money going to the OCL one must wonder how this government agency can get away without having a code of ethic and comprehensive training for its workers. Why does the OCL not just let these other organization who have proper training and procedures do the work?
Thanks to an informant who wishes to remain anonymous, a copy of this document has been made available to Court Watch from files at the Ontario Court of Justice on Sheppard Ave. W. in Toronto, Ontario. This document was produced using taxpayer's money and therefore should be made available for reference by all the citizens of Ontario. Court Watch hopes that many parents will be better able to protect their children's rights and freedoms though awareness of this OCL document.
The Charter of Rights and Child Welfare Law
Child welfare proceedings are a dramatic instance of state intervention in the lives of Canadians, and are regulated by the Charter.
Lawyers and judges who deal with cases in the child welfare field must understand the implications of the Charter of Rights for this area of practice.