Thursday, September 03, 2009

Council Working with Law Students

The Foster Care Council of Canada has become involved with an Ontario University's Faculty of Law students to do research into the following subjects.

1. Canada has signed and ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Foster Care Council of Canada would like to learn more about how Canada's obligations under this convention could be enforced in domestic courts to better protect the rights of children in foster care. The student(s) will examine the interaction between the relevant international and domestic legislation. The direction of the project may evolve as students work in close proximity with the project supervisor to make their research relevant to campaigns the Foster Care Council is currently undertaking. The student(s) research will help the Foster Care Council in its public information and advocacy work and potentially inform a future test case.

And:

2. Former foster children are prevented from accessing their own records from the Children's Aid Society. The Children's Aid Society is a private corporation approved by the government to provide child services. The Foster Care Council would like to learn about potential legal avenues to help former foster care children access their own records/information from the Society. The direction of the project may evolve as students work in close proximity with the project supervisor to make their research relevant to campaigns the Foster Care Council is currently undertaking. The Foster Care Council would use the student's findings to help inform its campaign to improve the transparency and accountability of the Children's Aid Society.

The research will result in legal information papers (not legal advice) which will inform the Council on its related campaigns in the future. The Council has since obtained the required supervising lawyer from a Toronto law firm making the project able to proceed to its initial stage.

Updates will be posted when available.

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