“I remember just standing at the lights before the court and my stomach started getting really sore, I wanted to vomit and I was sweating heaps. I was having a panic attack. I was so nervous”.

"Every time I went, I felt like that. It was just awful.

But going to court, I never knew what I was going in for. I didn’t know what was happening, I just followed the lawyer.  People started telling me questions I need to ask the lawyer. The biggest one was to ask when I didn’t understand and getting to know my rights. It’s easier now because I know my rights, I know a lot of information now, I know questions I can ask the lawyer and I don’t have to agree with the lawyer.”

– Parent

Information to help you when preparing for and going to court

The following links to Legal Aid and Community Services will help you find information about:

> What is Childrens Court?

>  Going to the children’s court

>  What is an Independent Children’s Lawyer?

>  Information for parents attending care and protection hearings

>  Your children’s rights: Charter of rights- Kids rights in care (ages 7-12)

>  Your children’s rights: Charter of rights- Kids rights in care (ages 13-18)

>  Your rights as a parent while your child is in care

> Kids In Care (Watch videos ‘What’s happening with my family?’ and ‘Me and my lawyer”

>  Things have changed and I want my kids back: what can I do?

>  The Children’s Court have made a decision I am unhappy about: what can I do?

>  I think I’ve been discriminated against

The Family Inclusion NSW website has more information about going to court and about legal processes.


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