CAPP Legal Points
Child & Parent Place (CAPP) makes every effort to comply with the terms of Court Orders or formal Agreements. We follow the regulations specified by the Ministry of the Attorney General, which is our principal funder. Greatest success is achieved when terms of orders and agreements are drafted in the context of our hours and conditions of operation.
|UPDATE: June 17, 2020|
Two Interim Virtual Service Options
Child and Parent Place consistently strives to provide services to clients that ensures our mandate of safety, neutrality and child focused settings; with this in mind we are pleased to announce the program’s ability to offer the opportunity of Interim Virtual Services during the pandemic and throughout the recovery phase. These two new service options are a Virtual Exchange of Correspondence and Virtual Visits.
Child and Parent Place recognizes the importance of maintaining parent-child relationships even during a crisis such as COVID-19 and has developed a Virtual Supervised Access Model for the continuity of services. In consultation with The Ministry of the Attorney General, other Supervised Access Provider’s and Lutherwood staff, a service that offers remote visits on a virtual platform will support us in delivering off-site supervision as safely as possible. The electronic exchange of correspondence will also be offered to interested parties.
Virtual Visits provide parents and children the ability to be connected on a virtual platform moderated by Child and Parent Place staff. Devices that can be used to access this platform include smartphones, tablets, or laptops through Chrome or Firefox browsers; clients are not required to download or purchase any additional software. An invitation to access the site for the visit appointment is emailed in advance to eligible participants.
The Electronic Exchange of Correspondence provides clients with the opportunity to safely share artwork, letters, or photos in a “pen pal” type of correspondence through the Child and Parent Place program. Staff review all correspondence in advance of delivering to ensure program requirements are met.
Please note that these virtual service options are being launched as a temporary solution that will only be used in response to emergency or exigent situations such as the current pandemic. Our objective is to introduce this model to diminish the gap in services so that parents and children can maintain or commence contact.
Our goal is to offer these two interim virtual services to help meet client needs. These services are child-focused, age-appropriate, and accessible on a case by case basis. Child and Parent Place requires a letter of agreement from each participant or Court Order specifying Virtual Access, CAPP staff will reach out to clients directly to review virtual access information and obtain a signed Interim Access Agreement.
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we approach these exciting new endeavours. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the process, please feel free to contact myself or Melissa to discuss further.
Jenna Korczynski & Melissa Isherwood,
Program Supervisors, Child and Parent Place
(519) 743-1460 ext 1
Court Orders and Voluntary Agreements
Child & Parent Place must receive typed, signed and endorsed court orders. Orders and agreements must state the current custody arrangement, even if the arrangement is for the interim, as well as specifying whether access is supervised exchange or supervised visit. Specifying the frequency of visits (weekly or bi-weekly) and the duration of visits (we can accommodate from 1 to 2 hours /week maximum) is helpful in reducing conflict between parties.A mechanism for reviewing the need for supervised access is suggested.
Children's Aid Society Involvement
In accordance with the Best Practice of the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Office Supervised Access Program: MAG supervised access programs will never supervise clients under CAS investigation; service will not be provided until the investigation is completed or the involuntary file is closed. Supervised access programs do not accept cases that involve protection issues/preliminary inquiries/investigations or supervision orders under the CFSA. When a file closes with the CAS, CAPP requires written confirmation of file closure.
Bail Conditions, Peace Bonds, Restraining Orders
In cases where there are bail conditions restricting contact between parties and/or the children, the Centre may still consider to provide services if there is a family court order that allows for exceptions to these conditions for the purposes of supervised access, and/or if the original conditions are varied for the purposes of supervised access. A copy of any current peace bonds or restraining orders must be given to CAPP staff.