A new day for children’s rights may be on the horizon.
2018 will likely see the Child and Family Services Act replaced by the Child, Youth and Family Service Act. The new act will bring significant changes to child protection law in Ontario. The age of protection will be increased to 17 from 16, which will ensure fewer kids fall through the cracks. More support is to be provided to Indigenous children and their families, in an apparent step in the right direction.
It will be easier for children to maintain contact with their biological family in cases of Crown Wardship. Openness provisions between children and their biological families after adoption will also be stronger. There will also be increased emphasis on the voice of the child.
For more information see: https://afccontario.ca/steps-to-justice-your-guide-to-law-in-ontario-2-2/