Branches, Boards and Commissions
Counsel for Children
100 - 1871 Smith St.
The Counsel for Children (CFC) program may appoint a lawyer (counsel) for children and youth who are involved with the Ministry of Social Services or First Nations Child and Family Services agencies in proceedings under The Child and Family Services Act. Some examples include the apprehending of a child, investigations leading to supervision orders, or agreements to place the child with a person of sufficient interest.
The objectives of the CFC program are to:
The program can be accessed by court order or by referral. Referrals can be made by a child or youth, a child protection worker, a family member or anyone else who knows the child or youth.
In deciding whether to appoint a lawyer, the Court or the CFC is to consider all relevant factors, including:
The CFC and the appointed lawyer are entitled to:
Failure to provide information/disclosure or allow access to the child/youth client can result in the CFC seeking a court order.
The lawyer will generally take instructions from the child or youth, and ensure the child or youth’s voice is heard. There is no age limitation in the legislation on when a child or youth may be eligible for counsel.