PLEASE NOTE: The materials on this website have been updated to reflect changes to the provincial Children and Family Services Act that went into effect on March 1, 2017. Individuals involved in child protection matters before the Courts should be aware that the ages and timeframes noted here have changed.

You are advised to consult with a lawyer if you have any questions.


No doubt this is a confusing and troubling time for you and your family. Rest assured, there are ways to get your children back if they have been taken insto custody, or to keep them if your family is being supervised by the Child Protection Agency. With the right attitude, these videos, the information in the accompanying booklet, and the help of a lawyer, it can be done.

The video is divided into seven short chapters that can be played by clicking on the chapter title in the playlist below the screen. To help you better understand the court process, the chapters are presented in the same order that things will happen in real time. The first time you watch the video, you should watch all seven chapters in the order that they are presented in the playlist.
Read/print the accompanying booklet:


  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7


It is  not recommended that you watch it with your children.

Social workers will help your children understand what is happening to them.

You can watch the video with your lawyer, a social worker, or a support person.

Ask questions and get help as you move through each stage of the child protection proceedings.

If you wish to download a better quality version of these videos, right-click on each link (below), then click on "Save target as .."

Chapter 1 Chapter 1
Chapter 2 Chapter 2
Chapter 3 Chapter3
Chapter 4 Chapter 4
Chapter 5 Chapter 5
Chapter 6 Chapter 6
Chapter 7 Chapter 7

If you do not see a small black screen on this page, it means you do not have the software needed to view the streaming video.

Go to the Adobe Website to download and install the Adobe Flash Player software. Then return to this page to view the video.

If the video appears choppy, click the Pause button (|| at bottom left corner of screen) and wait for it to finish loading (line at bottom centre of screen turns darker grey). Then press Play again.

Watch this video as many times as you need to now and come back to it as often
as you like while you make your way through each step of the court process.


This video was produced with the collaboration of the  

While financially supported by The Law Foundation of Ontario, the views expressed in this video production do not necessarily reflect the views of The Foundation.
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  Nova Scotia Supreme Court Family Division
Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary
Nova Scotia Legal Aid
Nova Scotia Department of Community Services
Nova Scotia Department of Justice
with funding from:
  The Law Foundation of Ontario