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 ten locations to serve communities across BC.
How can Parents Legal Centres help?
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
- referrals to other services, including online resources and other public agencies
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.