'Child Protection, The Court, And Your Family' is a video intended to help you understand what happens when the Child Protection Agency becomes involved in your family life.The video is available in English and Mi'kmaq.
This video, and the booklet that comes with it, will answer some of your questions:
What has happened? Where are my children? When can I see them?
What can I do to make sure my family stays together? If my children have been taken into care, what do I need to do to have them returned?
The video was produced with the collaboration of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Family Division, Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary, Nova Scotia Legal Aid, Nova Scotia Department of Community Services, Nova Scotia Department of Justice, with funding from The Law Foundation of Ontario. While financially supported by The Law Foundation of Ontario, the views expressed in this video production do not necessarily reflect the views of The Foundation.
With this video, the booklet that comes with it, the help of a lawyer, and the right attitude, you can work towards getting your children back if they have been taken, or keep them if your family is being supervised by the agency.
The video is divided into seven short chapters which can be played by clicking on the chapter title in the playlist below the viewing screen. To help you better understand the court process, the chapters are presented in the same order that things will happen in real time.
The first time you watch the video, you should watch all seven chapters in the order that they are presented in the playlist. Later on, you can return to the video and watch the chapter that is about the next step that you are about to take in the court process.
This video is for adults. It is not recommended that you watch it with your children. Social workers will help your children understand what is happening to them. You can watch the video with your lawyer, a social worker, or a support person. Ask questions and get help as you move through each stage of the child protection proceedings.
To view the video in English, click here.
To view the video in Mi'kmaq, click here.
For more information about child protection, click here, or view the Child Protection Booklet - What you need to know when child protection takes your children into care.