YOUR RIGHT to an Alternative Approach

The child and Family Services Act mandates the following:

If a child is or may be in need of protection, a children's aid society must consider whether a prescribed method of Alternative Dispute Resolution(ADR) could assist in resolving any issue related to the child or a plan for the child's care (section 20.2(1)).

The Court, at any time during a proceeding, and with the consent of the parties, may adjourn the proceeding to permit the parties to utilize a prescibed method of ADR to attempt to resolve the issues in dispute (section 51.1).

On applications to vary or terminate an openess order before or after an adoption, the court may, with the consent of the parties, adjourn the proceedingto permit the parties to utilize a prescibed method of ADR to attempt to resolve any disputes related to the proceeding (section 154.2(7)) and (153.1(10)).

It is important that you know your rights and understand the Child and Family Services Act takes into account Aboriginal Ancestry whether status or Non-status as well as Aboriginal affiliation, in deciding the "best interest" of a child. That Aboriginal children and families "should be provided with service in a manner that recognizes their culture, heritage and traditions as well as the concept of extended family".
*Quotations: Child and Family Services Act*