Subsections 14 (2) and (3) set limits for the duration of agreements and extensions. Subsections 14 (4) and (5) provide for the termination of agreements or renewals by an agency or by the person who entered into the contract. Morgan also said she had seen women fighting for years to regain custody of their children after signing voluntary mediation agreements forced to participate in programming, she said she was not adequately addressing the cases that lead to CFS involvement. This section concerns the application of voluntary placement agreements for the accommodation of children in the care of a family and child service. A parent who wishes to temporarily place a child under the guardianship of an agency or permanently abandon the guardianship of a child may ask a child and a family service to enter into a written agreement to that effect. The use of voluntary internships in accordance with Section 14 of the Child and Family Services Act is consistent with an agency`s obligation, pursuant to Section 7, to provide family counselling, counselling, child care and other child protection services to families. If only the mother signs a voluntary surrender of the guardianship contract, the agency cannot adopt the child if the father has asked the court to declared the child`s father. The birth father has the right to be informed of the adoption procedure, unless a court decides otherwise. The decision to make a voluntary transfer of the guardianship agreement is very serious and should only be made with the help of a professional and careful consideration of all other options. Assistance is available for children`s and family services listed in the Resources section of this site. It is also advisable to get legal advice on such an important decision.
For more information, visit the „Legal Assistance” section on this website. At point 15 (1), a minor agreement is valid. Subsection 15, paragraph 2, requires anyone who enters into such an agreement with an agency to provide financial information prescribed by a regulation (for more details, see Section 1.2.6, Service Agreements). A voluntary placement contract may be extended until the child`s age of 18 if the child: parents who are unable to temporarily care for their child may take care of a written agreement with a child and a family service over a specified period (voluntary placement contract). Such agreements allow the Agency to care for the child for up to 12 months. Parents must provide financial information to the Agency and possibly bear all or part of the cost of child care. An agency may enter into a voluntary placement contract (VPA) with a parent, legal guardian or person who has effective custody and control of a child if: once such an agreement is signed, the Agency becomes the legal guardian of the child. This means that the Agency replaces the child`s parents and makes decisions about the care of the child, including the placement of the child for adoption.
„CFS came to your door and said, „Either you can sign this voluntary placement contract, or we`re going to stop and sign your children…” You`ll have more visits with your kids,” Morgan said. A parent may terminate this contract within 21 days of signing, but only if the Agency is informed in writing.