Common QuestionsThe Ministry is threatening to take my kids
It is best to get help from a lawyer and an advocate as soon as you know the Ministry of Children and Family Development has concerns about the safety of your child.
Good starting points include:
- Child Protection: If Someone Reports You to the Ministry, from Legal Services Society, provides overview information for parents whose children have been taken – or may be taken – by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
- Parents' Rights, Kids' Rights: A Parent's Guide to Child Protection Law in BC, from Legal Services Society, explains what can happen if the Ministry of Children and Family Development has concerns about a child's safety and well-being or is planning to remove a child from the family home. It includes a chapter on "Getting legal help."
- If You Can't Get Legal Aid for Your Child Protection Case, from Legal Services Society. If you are facing a child protection hearing and can't get legal aid but also can't afford a lawyer, this explains how you can apply for a court-appointed lawyer.
See our related common questions:
- What about child protection for Aboriginal people?
- What can I do if I suspect a child may be being abused?
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