The Bear's Den - Child Apprehension Rights Card Released by BearPaw Education

May 14, 2015

A child apprehension is a difficult and stressful time for any family. Often, when these traumatic experiences occur, parents don't exercise their rights because they don't KNOW their rights. Order free Rights Cards for your community today from the BearPaw Education and Legal Resource Centre.

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NCSA has Family Courtworkers across Alberta that can help you with your situation.

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As a parent or guardian:

  • You have the right to know what is happening. You will be told if your child has been apprehended either verbally or in writing. You will also be told the reasons why your child has been apprehended.
  • You have the right to consult a lawyer and should contact one immediately if your child has been apprehended. You might find it helpful to involve an advocate such as a courtworker or other support such as a family member or friend.
  • You have a right to be in court and be involved in the planning for your child.
  • You have the right to speak to a lawyer to find out if a decision can be reviewed or appealed.

The excerpt below is taken from the Graphic Novel, The Outside Circle

Family Group Conferencing

For families involved in Children’s Services, a Family Circle or a Family Group Conference (FGC) are circle processes where family, extended family, and community members are empowered to make safe and permanent plans in the best interests of the child. Learn more about FGC’s

Has your child been apprehended? Learn about your rights in BearPaw Media’s video, Making it Home


Email stefanie-varze@ncsa.ca to order a DVD copy