Child Protection Conference


Course Date: April 13, 2018

Total: 6h 26min

Welcome and Opening Prayer

Bruce (Owii`lo`ly`eyum`gaudlth`ni`Ki`insque) Robinson — Family Support Elder/Cultural Advisor, Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society, Vancouver

Child Protection Basics 

  • procedure — ticking boxes
  • working Indigenous families
  • report to court requirements
  • tests to be met:
    • for a presentation hearing
    • for a protection hearing
    • for an extension of an order
    • for a Continuing Custody Oder (CCO)
    • for rescinding a CCO
    • for obtaining access—pre and post-CCO
  • client relations, client management
  • communications between director, director's counsel and parents' counsel

Corinne P. Feenie — Stewart Feenie, Vancouver
Katrina Harry — Lead Lawyer, Parents Legal Centre, Legal Services Society of BC, Vancouver

Questions and Discussion

Break

Welcome and Opening Prayer

Collaborative Practice in Child Protection 

  • mediations
  • Family Case Planning Conferences (FCPC's)
  • Family Group Conferences (FGC's)
  • collaborative meetings
  • Indigenous children and families
  • continuum of collaborative practice

Lucinda Ferdon, MSW —Collaborative Practice, Ministry for Children and Family Development, Vancouver
Katrina Harry — Lead Lawyer, Parents Legal Centre, Legal Services Society of BC, Vancouver
Laura A. Matthews — Matthews Mediation, Mission

Questions and Discussion

Break

The Voice of the Child in Child Protection 

  • process by which you come to represent children in the care of the Director
  • having children added as parties
  • how you approach representing a child
  • working with the Ministry
  • independent legal advice
  • Indigenous children
  • the Child and Youth Legal Centre: mandate and purpose
  • child advocate or child legal counsel—what is the difference

Donna Maser — Child and Youth Legal Centre, Society for Children and Youth of BC, Vancouver
Fiona M. Beveridge — Watson Goepel LLP, Vancouver

Questions and Discussion

Networking Lunch (Provided)

Pre and Post CCO Applications and Applying to Legal Aid 

  • s.54.01 permanent transfer of custody before a CCO
  • s.54.1 permanent transfer of custody after a CCO
  • post-CCO access applications
  • s.54 cancelling a CCO
  • adoption
  • Indigenous families and cultural safety
  • funding/financial implications process
  • who gets legal aid
  • what Legal Aid does/doesn't cover, including areas of discretionary coverage and how those are assessed
  • what information and documentation an applicant should provide to Legal Aid intake
  • options for a client who is refused Legal Aid coverage

Holly Anderson — Guardianship Manager, Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society, Vancouver
Susanna A. L. Hughes — Family Law Services, Legal Services Society, Vancouver
Nadja P. Rence
 — Somers Poulin Hall, New Westminster
Robert Evans — RWE Law Corporation, Vancouver

Questions and Discussion

High Conflict Cases in Child Protection 

  • Family Law Act (FLA) and Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCSA): where they collide
  • dealing with high conflict cases in collaborative practice and in court
  • when the Ministry is involved, what other remedies are there?
  • returning to parent, guardians—who can you return to?
  • Indigenous families and cultural safety
  • case law update — J.P. v. B.G. case

Corinne P. Feenie — Stewart Feenie, Vancouver
Wendy Bernt — Pearlman Lindholm, Lawyers, Victoria
Jeffrey J. Speed — Lead Lawyer, Parents Legal Centre, Legal Services Society of BC, Surrey

Questions and Discussion 

Break

Parental Capacity Assessments 

  • when and why PCA's are requested
  • the PCA process
  • pitfalls or challenges
  • funding issues
  • Indigenous families and cultural safety
  • use of PCAs in court

Cory P. Hahn — Stewart Feenie, Vancouver
M. Todd McPherson — Parents Legal Centre, Legal Services Society of BC, Vancouver

Questions and Discussion

View From the Bench

• new Child Protection initiative at the Aboriginal Family Healing Court Conference in New Westminster

The Honourable Chief Judge Thomas J. Crabtree — Provincial Court of BC, Vancouver
The Honourable Judge Kathryn J. Ferriss — Provincial Court of BC, Surrey

Closing Comments