COVID-19 restrictions have kept children in care from seeing their parents and care-givers for months. OACPL board member, David Miller, is interviewed by CBC’s Matt Galloway about the significance of meaningful access for families involved in the child protection system and the need for increased judicial oversight when children are deprived of direct, in person contact with care-givers.
Along with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the OACPL has been granted leave to intervene on a child protection appeal, CAST v. O.O. and J.G-L, the first appeal in Ontario to deal with the test for suspending children’s in-person access to parents and care givers during the COVID-19 pandemic. David Miller, on behalf of the OACPL, will argue that the court cannot delegate fundamental decisions over access to children’s aid societies.