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Child Protection – Practice and procedure – Parties – The Lawyer’s Daily

by ahnationtalk on April 26, 2018147 Views

Appeal by the grandmother from an order of a Chambers judge designating the foster parents as being persons of sufficient interest in a three-year-old child. The order was made in the context of an impending hearing to have the child declared to be in need of protection. The child was of Indigenous ancestry, but the foster parents were not. The child had been residing with the foster parents since she was 11 months old. They filed extensive affidavits demonstrating their suitability and their efforts to ensure the continued involvement of the child’s extended family and her teaching in culturally appropriate ways. The appellant, who had earlier been similarly designated as being a person of sufficient interest, had opposed the application on the basis that conferring sufficient interest status on foster parents was antithetical to the purpose of The Child and Family Services Act (Act), declared in s. 3 of the Act as being “to promote the well-being of children in need of protection by offering, wherever appropriate, services that are designed to maintain, support and preserve the family in the least disruptive manner”.

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