What To Do When the Children’s Aid Society Calls

April 20th, 2015 by John Schuman

Podcast #28 – What to do when the Children’s Aid Society Calls.

The Ontario Family Law Podcast deals with issues related to marriage, separation, divorce, child welfare and even some children’s rights issues. The main host is John Schuman, who a is family lawyer (Certified Specialist in Family Law), mediator, arbitrator and collaborative lawyer and is the partner managing the Family Law Group at Devry Smith Frank LLP.

It can be terrifying to be contacted by a children’s aid society because it is conducting a child abuse or child neglect investigation regarding your kids – and for good reason. Children’s aid societies can take your children away, put them in foster care, and take you to family court. By taking you to family court, they can be granted an order that allows other families to adopt your children, causing you to never see them again. Further, it is very easy to give the children’s aid society the wrong impression – making the children protection worker believe you are a child abuser. Many parents do that unintentionally because they do the wrong things, thinking that interacting with a children’s aid society is like interacting with other government agencies.

 

In addition, if you say the wrong things to a child protection worker, the police can show up and lay criminal charges.

This podcast goes over some of the essentials of what you need to know when you find out you are being investigated by a children’s aid society. It goes over: how to speak to the investigating worker, whether to let your children speak to the investigator, when you have the right to remain silent, and how you should answer questions, what to sign and what not to sign and when you need to speak to a lawyer.

Listening to this podcast can help you do the best for your children by keeping your family together.

For more information, check out www.DevryLaw.ca.

This podcast was provided for general information only. It does not constitute legal advice with regard to any specific situation.



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