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Children & Youth in Care

2002356You have the right to:

  • 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 for 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, your social worker can provide you with information on how to file an official complaint. Click here for information on how to do this.