Parenting is the hardest job in the world, and at times, things can get very hard. Sometimes families find themselves dealing with the local Children’s Aid Society, and this can be terrifying. Children’s Aid societies have more power than most police departments in our province and a CAS worker can take your child to a place of safety, without a warrant, if they feel the appropriate circumstances exist. This is absolutely devastating for families.
Our lawyers are able to guide you through the legal process to have your children returned to your care, by assisting you with navigating all of the different services available to you and your family.
Asking for help can be the hardest thing for anyone to do, and when you are involved with any child protection agency, sometimes that is all you were trying to do, or is all you need. Your efforts may be ignored by those who seem to have power over your life. We can help you take back control over your life and put the pieces back together so that you can get back to what is most important- parenting. We are not ones to recommend battling the Children’s Aid Society unless we are 100% certain that they were wrong. In cases where we have been 100% certain that the CAS was wrong we have brought motions for temporary care and custody immediately and each time we have done this, the children in question have been returned. In 11 years, this step has been taken three times.
In child protection litigation it is always best to look at the allegations the CAS has made and determine how to best execute their laundry list of requirements. Ultimately, the goal is to get your children returned to your care and to have the society out of our life, so the best way to handle this is to satisfy the society that you are the best parent you can be and that you are always working to get better. People are often focused on “winning” and proving the other side wrong, and valuable insight is lost on the most important part of these cases- the children. It is best for children to be with their parents, and we can help you to show the court that you deserve to parent, but always remember, you are our evidence!