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Know your Rights in Care

As a child or youth in care, you have rights. This means you’re entitled to certain things while receiving services.

If you feel that your rights aren’t being met or respected, you have the right to make a complaint to the Children and Youth Unit at the Ombudsman’s Office.

Please see the below resources to learn more about your rights as a child or youth in care.


Know your Rights in Care – Brochures

Know your Rights in Care – Accessible PDF
Know your Rights in Care (Indigenous) – Accessible PDF


Ask the Ombudsman – Brochures

Ask the Ombudsman
Ask the Ombudsman (Ojibway)
Ask the Ombudsman (Oji-Cree)
Ask the Ombudsman (Moose-Cree)


Video Resources

Created by the Ontario Ombudsman.

Who is the Ombudsman, and what can he do for me?

A video for children aged 5-12.

RESOURCES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN CARE – Ontario Ombudsman

Why should I call the Ombudsman?

The Children and Youth Unit handles questions and complaints from young people about services they receive.

RESOURCES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN CARE – Ontario Ombudsman

We’re Ontario’s Watchdog

It’s the Ontario Ombudsman’s job to look into your concerns, and make sure things were done properly. A video featuring their watchdog mascots!

RESOURCES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN CARE – Ontario Ombudsman

You have rights

All children and youth in care have rights. Learn about why you should contact the Ontario Ombudsman if you feel your rights aren’t being met or respected.

RESOURCES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN CARE – Ontario Ombudsman

2020 Children and Youth in Care Day

You can find more information at the Ontario Ombudsman’s office here:

https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/what-we-do/topics/children-youth/resources-for-young-people-in-care#Who is the Ombudsman, and what can he do for me?

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