Leaving Care at 16 or older

Jenny’s scenario When Jenny was 13 years old, she was removed from her parents’ home, where she was experiencing physical abuse. Her teacher had noticed that she had been coming to school bruised and depressed. Her teacher had a legal duty to report the issue to the Children’s Aid Society (CAS), and after investigating, CAS…

Teen Pregnancy – Part Two (non-medical decisions)

Kiran and her boyfriend Rick are fifteen years old and in grade ten.  They have been dating for several months and spend most of their time together.  They care about each other and trust each other very much.  A few months into their relationship, Kiran and Rick felt ready to begin having a sexually intimate…

Youth Leaving Care Hearings – Nov. 25, 2011

On Fri. Nov.25th, at 10:15 a.m., JFCY lawyers will make submissions at the hearings at the Provincial Legislature, proposing recommendations for child welfare reform. JFCY’s efforts are led by Staff Lawyer, Niamh Harraher and Street Youth Legal Services Lawyer, Johanna Macdonald.Niamh and Johanna will be joined by young people who are former Crown Wards and kids who lived in foster…

Late Night Swims in Public Pools: Legal?

Scenario by PLE Team volunteer Stefan Vernier (perhaps dreaming of summer days…) Photo used with permission from Alyssa Katherine Faoro, akFAORO.com  On a warm summer night, three friends are hanging out in the parking lot of their local pizza shop. After spending a couple of hours talking to each other, Todd, who is 15, says…

Having Fun on Halloween

– Scenario by Lindsey Erickson and Ouran Li, Legal Information by JFCYAt fifteen years old, Jamie and her friends all agreed they were much too old to be trick-or-treating. This was the first year that they would have a real “grown-up” Halloween: co-ed, costumes, and, of course, alcohol. The group decided that they should definitely…