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 Youth sexuality and suicide resources: CrossCurrents Winter 2004/05




Stop domestic violence now:  A safe space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it's happening to you.

 What Human Rights Are

#1:  We Are All Born Free & Equal
#2:  Don't Discriminate
#3:  The Right to Life
#4:  No Slavery
#5:  No Torture
#6:  You Have Rights No Matter Where You Go
#7:  We're All Equal Before the Law
#8:  Your Human Rights Are Protected by Law
#9:  No Unfair Detainment
#10:  The Right to Trial
#11:  We're Always Innocent Till Proven Guilty
#12:  The Right to Privacy
#13:  Freedom to Move
#14:  The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live
#15:  Right to a Nationality
#16:  Marriage and Family
#17:  The Right to Your Own Things
#18:  Freedom of Thought
#19:  Freedom of Expression
#20:  The Right to Public Assembly
#21:  The Right to Democracy
#22:  Social Security
#23:  Workers' Rights
#24:  The Right to Play
#25:  Food and Shelter for All
#26:  The Right to Education
#27:  Copyright
#28:  A Fair and Free World
#29:  Responsibility
#30:  No One Can Take Away Your Human Rights


Damaging children for the sake of profits

Labeling Kids Mentally Ill for Profit - E. Pringle

Read decisions of the Child and Family Services Review Board [ here ]

  • Rights of Children: the right to participate and have their opinions heard and respected.Child, Family & Community Service Act
  • Canadian children's rights: Hundreds of aboriginal children with severe medical problems in Canada
  • Child and Family Services Review Board: a foster parent can apply to the Child and Family Services Review Board to request a review of a children’s aid society decision to remove a Crown ward who has lived with the foster parent continuously for two years.  
  • We are Your Sons and Daughters:The child Advocate’s Report on the Quality of Care of 3 Children’s Aid Societies. 
  • Removal of Crown Ward Child and Family Services Review Board Application, print form.
  • Respecting Children's Rights in Practice: As little people, children are entitled to human rights – those things that allow us to live in dignity as human beings. But children cannot assure their own welfare. They depend on the adults around them to protect their human rights.
  • Children: Silenced Citizens?: In 2004 the Senate Human Rights Committee began a study of Canada's international obligations in relation to the rights of children in Canada. The final report in 2007, Children: The Silenced Citizens, makes 24 recommendations to bring Canada into compliance with our legal obligations. The government must respond to the report by mid-November. Read the Senate Report 
  • CANADIAN YOUTH AND CHILDREN IN SOCIETY:File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - View as HTML all the answers, but one thing adults don’t realize is that kids can see right .... scare the kids, you don’t have to be hit yourself to be affected by it


The Advocacy Office has been in operation since 1978. Under the Child and Family Services Act, it is authorized to protect the rights and interests of children and families who are receiving or seeking services through the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

A 5 min. Video, that is worth the watch.

Dr. Thomas Szasz (4 min 47 sec)
Dr. Thomas Szasz

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Free booklet PDF:
Psychiatric Drugs & Your Child's Future
Psychiatric Drugs & Your Child's Future


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 Guidelines for Foster Care

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The first priority for a child is to be cared for by his or her parents. All efforts shall be made to support the family or the extended family to keep the child. Only when such efforts prove insufficient and not appropriate, shall foster care be considered. In accordance with the child’s age and level of development, he/she has the right to be consulted and to have his/her opinion taken into account in any matter or procedure affecting him/her.

 You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view Acrobat (pdf) files. You can download it for free by clicking the following link.  

Storytelling for people in and from care is an important element to healing; listening to the stories is a crucial step for change and increasing awareness. 

For almost 25 years the National Youth In Care Network has been a leader in supporting young people in strategically sharing their story.  We are excited to announce that we are moving along with technology and advancing the story telling experience through NYICN Digital Story Telling Workshops.  Support National Youth in Care

To view some of our Digital Stories created by youth in and alumni from care, click here.

For more information on our NYICN Digital Storytelling workshops, click here to download our PDF brochure.

WARNING: you may find some offensive language

NYICN Digital Story: MarieNYICN Digital Story: JessicaNYICN Digital Story: AngieNYICN Digital Story: Samuel

NYICN Digital Story: JohnNYICN About Our StoriesNYICN Digital Story: Amanda

Youth have rights.

Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth

If something doesn’t feel fair, maybe it’s not right.

If you are in care or custody, under 21 years old, and

you don’t think anyone you know is listening to you 

call the Advocacy Office.

We accept collect calls.

Our toll-free number is 1-800-263-2841. If for some

reason you are not permitted to dial a 1 800

number, call us collect at 0-416-325-5669. Our TTY

number is 0-416-325-2648. Or email us at


Staff are available to accept your calls between

8:30am and 9pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am

to 8pm on Saturday and Sundays. (In Northwestern

Ontario, staff are available from 7:30am to 8pm

Monday to Friday, and 9am to 7pm Saturday and

Sundays.) If you leave a message, we will return

your call within 24 hours.



If you are a child or youth in the care of the Durham CAS, you have many rights and responsibilities.

Your Rights and Responsibilities

  • Be made aware of your rights and responsibilities
  • Be heard and involved when important decisions are being made about you
  • Receive regular dental and medical care
  • Attend school appropriate to your needs and abilities
  • Worship and received religious instruction
  • Participate in the development of your Plan of Care
  • Participate in cultural activities and traditions related to your family background
  • Speak and visit privately with your family, unless a judge decides otherwise
  • Speak and visit privately with your social worker, lawyer, advocate, Ontario Ombudsman, Member of Parliament, and a representative of your Band or First Nation's community (if you are a First Nations child)
  • Send and receive mail that has been unopened, with certain exceptions
  • Not to be locked in a room or building
  • Receive appropriate discipline, but not physical punishment
  • Receive healthy and nutritious meals
  • Receive sufficient and adequate clothing fro your age, size and activities
  • Participate in recreational and athletic activities that are suited to your interests
  • Reasonable personal privacy and possession of your own property
  • Know the rules and expectations of your placement.

You have the responsibility to:

  • Abide by the rules and expectations of your placement
  • Accept reasonable consequences if you break any of the rules
  • Cooperate with your caregiver and social worker
  • Respect the privacy of others
  • Respect the property of your caregivers
  • Attend school
  • Care for your personal hygiene 

If you have any problems or concerns, we are here to help you.
Talk to your caregiver, social worker or family about your concerns. If they can't help you, talk to your social worker's supervisor.

If you are still not satisfied you have the right to file an
official complaint.



  • enough clothes and healthy food
  • your own place to store your things
  • an allowance (if you are in a group home)
  • a phone that you can use to make confidential calls (unless a judge says you cannot)


  • be treated with respect
  • go to religious services and activities of your choice send and get unopened mail (unless a judge says someone else can open your mail)
  • contact people who are not in the foster care system (like friends, church members, teachers, and others)
  • make contact with social workers, Lawyer, probation officers, CASs, foster youth advocates and supporters, or anyone else involved with your case
  • be told about your placement by your social worker or probation officer


  • lock you in a room or building (unless you are in a community treatment facility)
  • abuse you physically, sexually or emotionally for any reason
  • punish you by physically hurting you for any reason
  • look through your things unless they have a good and legal reason


  • You have the right to identify and maintain relationships with appropriate people who are important to you, as long as it's in your best interest. The intent of current law is that no child shall leave foster care without a permanent, caring relationship with an adult. Talk to your social worker or lawyer about who is important to you.


  • go to court and talk to the judge
  • see and get a copy of your court report and your case plan
  • keep your court records private, unless the law says otherwise
  • be told by your social worker or probation officer and your Lawyer about any changes in your case plan or placement


  • see a doctor, dentist, eye doctor, or talk to a counselor if you need to
  • refuse to take medicines, vitamins or herbs (unless a doctor or judge says you must)


  • go to school every day
  • go to after-school activities right for your age and developmental level

Remember your rights.

Also remember that the foster parent’s or group home’s job is to supervise you and keep you safe and healthy.

If you feel you are being
discriminated against because of your sex, race, color, religion, or for any other reason,
please contact the Ombudsman Help-line.

If you are a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning youth, your rights and protections include not being subjected to discrimination or harassment on the basis of your actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Call the Ombudsman Office if you need help with this.


  • have your own emancipation bank account (unless your case plan says you cannot)
  • learn job skills right for your age
  • work, unless the law says you are too young manage the money you earn (if right for your age, developmental level and it’s in your case plan)
  • go to Independent Living Program classes and activities if you are old enough


  • visit and contact your brothers and sisters (unless a judge says you cannot)
  • contact parents and other family members, too (unless a judge says you cannot)


  • tell the judge how you feel about your family, lawyer, and social worker
  • tell the judge what you want to happen in your case
  • have your own lawyer
  • live with a family member if that would be a safe place
  • call the Ombudsman Office 
  • get help with school if you need it


  • You have the right to participate in age-appropriate extracurricular, enrichment, and social activities such as church, school and community activites, sleep-overs with friends, scouting, without requiring criminal background checks of chaperones, friends and friends' parents/supervisors
  • This website would not be possible without the help and support of many foster and kin parents. We gratefully appreciate your support. Thank you from your F.P.A.

Drug-Free Alternatives For Attention-Deficit Disorder - Helping Children, Not Drugging Them: http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/ritalin.htm

Sensory Processing Disorder vs. Attention Deficit Disorder by Carol S.Kranowitz, M.A.author of  The Out-of-Sync Child:

Methylphenidate for A.D.H.D.

Heart screening needed before kids get ADHD drugs

Updated Mon. Apr. 21 2008 5:59 PM ET  The Associated Press

NEW YORK-- Children should be screened for heart problems with an electrocardiogram before getting drugs like Ritalin to treat hyperactivity and attention-deficit disorder, the American Heart Association recommended Monday. Heart exam, EKG good idea before kids get ADHD drugs: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2008/04/22/heart-adhd.html

WORKSHOP:"Do It Without Drugs: Painless and Pill-less Ways of Managing Children's Disruptive Behaviours."

Submitted by a Grandparent:

CANGRANDS welcomes all grandparents and Kinship families

In The NEWS- W-Five kinship documentary! Saturday, Feb. 16th, 7:00 pm
If you missed it, you

What do I need to know about Bill 165?
Voices for Children worked with young people and the Office of Child and Family Service Advocacy to make it easier to understand Bill 165 and how we can all get involved.

If you want the full story
of how Bill 165 came about, and want to learn more about children and youth in government care and the main issues that have been raised about Bill 165, click below:

  Need to Know About Bill 165  PDF 

  Need to Know About Bill 165  Word Document

If you want the short story about Bill 165 and how YOU can get involved right now, click below:

  Quick Look at Bill 165 & How YOU Can Have a Say   PDF 

  Quick Look at Bill 165 & How YOU Can Have a Say   Word Document

Aboriginal Information Ontario Aboriginal Directory The Assembly of First Nations

Aboriginal Links: Canada & U.S. B.C. Ministry of  Aboriginal Affair

Indian & Northern Affairs Canada  Aboriginal Studies Virtual Library


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