Child Protection: How you can help a friend in need

Daniel is fourteen years old and in grade nine.  He is on his school’s junior basketball team, and practices in the mornings before school.  One morning Daniel and his teammates are in the change room, suiting up for their basketball practice.  They are all talking about an upcoming game against their rival school.  Daniel’s friend…

Child Protection and the Law in Ontario

Image Source: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NfpJrte5ZSA/T2weCOwucHI/AAAAAAAAAEA/Dx_jCODQsBc/s1600/family.jpg Scenario: Rochelle is 14 years old. She lives with her mother, father, and her younger sister, Georgia. Rochelle’s father lost his job a year ago and has been struggling to get back on his feet. They are currently receiving social assistance, but the family only receives about $1200 a month. After paying their…

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…