“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.”
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:
> 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
> The Children’s Court have made a decision I am unhappy about: what can I do?
The Family Inclusion NSW website has more information about going to court and about legal processes.
Free telephone legal information and referrals to your nearest Legal
Aid NSW office, Community Legal Centre, private solicitors and other