May 12, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A new booklet has been produced that explains the rights and responsibilities of young people who are going through the experience of being placed in care.
Entitled What's My Role: A youth guide to child protection, the booklet was produced by the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) and the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate.
The booklet is being launched at a workshop called Winning Back our Youth, which is being hosted by the Fredericton Boys and Girls Club on May 12.
"This new resource reflects the expertise and input of a project advisory committee, as well as feedback from two groups of youth in care," said Deborah Doherty, executive director of PLEIS-NB. "The young people commented on everything from the readability of the booklet, to the colour and pictures. Their valuable insights have helped to ensure that the booklet will be easy to understand and relevant."
The content of the booklet was developed by PLEIS-NB in collaboration with the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate and with the guidance of a project advisory group which consisted of representatives from the departments of Social Development, Education, Justice and Consumer Affairs, the Office of the Attorney General and other professionals working in the area of child protection and children in care.
"Being taken into care can be a frightening and confusing experience, so the goal of this project was to create a plain language document for youth in care which explains child protection law and procedures, and answers some of the commonly asked questions about being taken into care," said Bernard Richard, ombudsman and child and youth advocate. "The booklet also provides information about resources and agencies that can help youth in care, such as the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate."
The booklet is being distributed to youth and to child protection agencies who work with youth in care. It is also being shared with schools, lawyers and libraries across the province.
PLEIS-NB is a non-profit, charitable organization that has been providing general information about the law to the public for 20 years. It receives funding and in-kind support from the New Brunswick Law Foundation, Justice Canada, and the New Brunswick Office of the Attorney General.
For more information, contact the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate at 506-453-2789, toll-free, 1-888-465-1100; or PLEIS-NB, 506-453-7958. The booklet is available on the websites of the PLEIS-NB and the Office of the Ombudsman and Child and Youth Advocate.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bernard Richard, ombudsman and child and youth advocate, 506-453-2789, toll-free, 1-888-465-1100; Deborah Doherty, executive director, Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick, 506-453-5369.