Grandparents’ Rights – Where can I get more help?

Where can I get more help?

Legal

Acts

For a copy of the Family Law Act and its regulations, contact the Queen’s Printer Bookstore.

780.427.4952 in Edmonton
403.297.6251 in Calgary
For toll free access in Alberta dial 310.0000
Website: www.qp.alberta.ca

Provides information and education about family law, including making an application in Provincial Court.

To reach FLIC, go to www.albertacourts.ca/ familylaw or call Service Alberta at 310.0000, toll-free, and ask for the Family Law Information Centre.

Alternately, you can call FLIC at
780. 415.0404 in Edmonton
403.297.6600 in Calgary
403.297.6600 elsewhere in Alberta

Law Society of Alberta Lawyer Referral Service

A Lawyer Referral Operator will provide you with the names of three lawyers in your area that you can consult. Each lawyer will provide a half-hour consultation free of charge.

Toll free: 1-800-661-1095
Calgary: 403-228-1722
www.lawsocietyalberta.com/publicservices/
lawyerReferralService.cfm

Student Legal Services

A nonprofit, charitable organization of approximately 300 volunteer law students that provide year-round free legal services to those individuals who are unable to afford a lawyer. Please call in advance as student volunteers are not always available at all hours.

11011 – 88 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6G 0Z3
780.492.8244
www.slsedmonton.com

Legal Aid Society of Alberta

Provides legal services to financially eligible applicants.
Phone: 780.427.7575
Website: www.legalaid.ab.ca

Legal Services Center

A program of Legal Aid Alberta, which provides legal information and referrals to Albertans and legal advice to eligible callers. This free service is availalbe across Alberta.
Toll-free in Alberta: 1.866.845.3425
To see the qualifications for free legal advice, visit The Legal Services Centre.
The Legal Services Centre does not provide legal information or legal advice by e-mail.

Older Adult Knowledge Network – www.oaknet.ca

Family Law Information Centre

Edmonton Law Courts Building,
1A Sir Winston Churchill Square,
Edmonton, AB T5J 0R2
Phone: 780-415-0404
www.albertacourts.ab.ca/familylaw

Services

Child Abuse Hotline

1.800.387.KIDS (5437)

Alberta Children and Youth Services

www.child.alberta.ca/home/index.cfm

Foster Care and Kinship Care

www.child.alberta.ca/home/595.cfm

To find your local Child and Family Services Authorities office, contact:
www.child.alberta.ca/home/local_offices.cfm
Phone: 780.422.3004
Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 4:30 pm
For toll free access in Alberta dial 310.0000

Becoming a Kinship Caregiver

www.child.alberta.ca/home/892.cfm

Guardianship Information

www.child.alberta.ca/home/677.cfm

Sample Letter of Consent to Travel

www.voyage.gc.ca/preparation_information/ consent-letter_lettre-consentement-eng.asp

Family Mediation Services

www.albertacourts.ca/go/CourtServices/ FamilyJusticeServices/MediationServices/ tabid/124/Default.aspx
403.297.6981 in Calgary
780.427.8329 in Edmonton
403.340.7187 Elsewhere in Alberta
For toll free access in Alberta dial 310.0000

Alberta Family Mediation Society

1.877.233.0143
Website: www.afms.ca

Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society

780.433.4881 in Edmonton
1.800.232.7214 Toll-free
Website: www.aams.ab.ca19
Where can I get more Information?

Links to literature on the topic of the role of grandparents in the lives of children
Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre and the Canadian Grandparents Rights Association. The Child’s Right to Love: Information for grandparents, relatives, and others close to the child. May 2003. www.aclrc.com/pdf/Child%27s_Right_To_Love.pdf
Alberta Justice. An Introduction to Alberta’s Family Law Act. (no date). http://justice.alberta. ca/programs_services/families/Documents/intro_ alberta_family_law_act_updated.pdf.
Canada’s Association for the Fifty-Plus (CARP). Beyond Loving: CARP fights for grandparents’ rights to access and compensation for raising grandchildren. April 2006. www.carp.ca/article_display.cfm?documentId=1920
Goldberg. Dan L. (Federal Department of Justice). Grandparent-Grandchild Access: A Legal Analysis. 2003. www.justice.gc.ca/eng/pi/fcy-fea/lib-bib/rep-rap/2003/2003_15/2003_15.htmll
Marks, Marilyn. Family Law Act: Grandchild/ Grandparent Access. March 2006. www.cangrands.com/ printpages/familylawactalberta2006.pdf
Milan, Anne and Hamm, Brian (Statistics Canada). Across the generations: Grandparents and grandchildren. Winter 2003. www.statcan.ca/english/studies/11-008/ feature/star2003071000s4a01.pdf.
Grandparents raising Grandchildren (Parents’ Support Services of BC)
www.parentsupportbc.ca/grandparents.html
An organization from British Columbia that offers support to grandparents raising grandchildren, and provides a network of grandparents to advocate for more support and recognition for the role they play in the care of children.
Supporting Grandparents raising Grandchildren: A Resource Booklet
www.parentsupportbc.ca/GRG_2nd_Mar16_07.pdf (January 2007, 165 pages)

You should NOT rely on this webpage for legal advice. It provides general information on Alberta law only. June 2010.
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