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ACCESS, CONTACT AND OPENNESS: Maintaining Children’s Significant Relationships

The CYFSA, the Court of Appeal case trilogy on access and An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families have changed the legal landscape for making decisions about access to children in extended society care. This has led to new ways of thinking about the importance of maintaining significant relationships for children post extended society care and post adoption and how to achieve this goal while keeping in mind the legal differences between access, contact, and openness. Our speakers will offer their perspectives on the best practices for ensuring the best outcomes for children where their most important relationships are concerned.



Kenneth Atkinson, Counsel, Office of the Children’s Lawyer

Amber Crowe, Executive Director of Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services

Christina Ninham, Family Lawyer/OCL panel lawyer Ian Ross, Counsel, Office of the Children’s Lawyer