Q&A — Child protection

COVID-19 Info Q&A Child protection
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COVID-19 has affected many stages in the child protection process for those working with the Ministry of Children and Family Development on the child's plan of care. For full information about hearings, conferences, and trials, see Child protection during COVID-19. The ministry has interim practice guidelines for child protection and guardianship and adoption.

At this stage of the pandemic, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) has said in-person visits are permitted in some situations, including:

  • If in-person visits happened before March 26, 2020, you may be able to continue them as long as you follow public health principles to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Contact your lawyer and/or social worker to find out if and when in-person visits can start again.
  • If in-person visits happened after March 26, 2020, you may be able to continue them through regular case planning instead of by exception. These visits may increase depending on circumstances. Contact your lawyer and/or social worker to see if your in-person visits may continue.

In-person visits may be temporarily changed to virtual visits if the parent, child, or anyone in the foster home shows symptoms of COVID-19. In-person visits should resume after the symptoms have subsided and the individual has completed the recommended quarantine period.

If in-person visits are not possible, you may be able to have virtual visits with your child. Contact your lawyer and/or social worker to see about setting up virtual visits.

Social workers and the ministry have to review whether in-person visits are possible in some situations. See the MCFD bulletin and companion document for more details.

Page last updated: February 24, 2022