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Common Questions

The 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, from Legal Aid BC, 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 Aid BC, 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 Aid BC. 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.

Need more help?

For more information and to see if you qualify for a legal aid lawyer, contact the Legal Aid BC. If you are in Vancouver, check if you are eligible for the Parents Legal Centre.

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Last reviewed January 2018

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