JFCY supports Children and Youth in Care Day

STATEMENT Toronto, Ontario, 14 May 2014 – Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY) is pleased to recognize Ontario’s first annual Children and Youth in Care Day, and affirm our dedication to assisting youth in and leaving care. Our clinic regularly helps young people navigate the often complex web of legal and non-legal issues that come…

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…

What is the Office of the Children’s Lawyer?

The Office of the Children’s Lawyer In this post, we look at the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL), which is a law office in the Ministry of the Attorney General that provides legal services to children and youth who are under the age of 18 in Ontario. While they both represent children and youth…

Video: Leaving Home

Check out this new video that deals with legal issues that can arise when youth leave home.   Click on the link below to learn about the legal and practical issues that Terence must consider as he decides whether to leave home and live on his own at the age of 16.  To read more…

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…