All Parents Legal Centres are now available by phone only. For locations and phone numbers, please see Service locations.
Parents Legal Centres (PLCs) provide a free lawyer and an advocate to help parents address the social worker's concerns about their children's safety (child protection) early on. Together they can help find solutions that work for the family. This service is available to parents any time after the ministry or a delegated Aboriginal agency contacts them.
There are ten PLCs to serve communities across BC. To find a centre near you, see the map below.
If you don't live near a PLC, you can access PLC services at a PLC Network location in your community. See the map below to find the nearest location.
How can Parents Legal Centres help?
Parents Legal Centres (PLC) can provide:
- information and advice on options for resolving child protection issues out of court,
- legal advice and representation, where appropriate, through collaborative processes such as mediation and family case planning conferences,
- legal advice and representation at uncontested hearings,
- an advocate who will support you and go with you to meetings and appointments, and
- referrals to other services, including online resources and other public agencies.
If you don't live near a PLC, you can get help at a PLC Network location in your community. PLC Network locations provide a space and computer access for you to meet privately with a PLC lawyer or advocate in person, or by phone or video.
Find out if you’re eligible
- your income and assets fall within a qualifying range, and
- you're a parent, guardian, or a person standing in the place of a parent
If you already have a lawyer working with you on your child protection issue, a Parents Legal Centre can't help you.
To find out if you're eligible for this service, call 1-888-522-2752 (1-888-LABC-PLC).