Parents Legal Centres

Anna, a young Aboriginal mother, tells how a Parents Legal Centre helped her to get her son back from ministry care. Find out more information about this video.

Parents Legal Centres

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.

The first PLC opened in 2015 in Vancouver. There are now eight locations to serve communities across BC.

How can Parents Legal Centres help?

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Parents Legal Centres 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.

Find out if you’re eligible

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  • your income and assets fall within a qualifying range, and
  • you are 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 cannot help you.

To find out if you're eligible for this service, visit your local legal aid location or call the LSS Call Centre.


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