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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

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For Parents Legal Centre 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?

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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. See map below to find a location near you.

Find out if you’re eligible

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  • you qualify financially, and
  • you're a parent, guardian, or a person standing in the place of a parent

To find out if you're eligible for this service, call 1-888-522-2752 (1-888-LABC-PLC).


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