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Glossary of Terms


SUPERVISED ACCESS
In family law cases, the right to spend time with the children on a regular basis and to receive information on the children's health, education, and well-being.
 

CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY (CAS)
An agency that investigates allegations that children may be in need of protection, protects and cares for those children where necessary, and provides guidance, counselling and other services to families for the protection of children.
 

COURT ORDER
A court's direction requiring a party to do something or refrain from doing something.
 

CROWN WARD
Term used in Canada to describe a foster child who has been made the legal responsibility of the government. For example, once a child has been removed from their family (due to abuse, neglect or because the parents volunteered or were convinced to give up their child in order to receive assistance for their child) the children are then called Crown wards.


LETTER OF AGREEMENT
Document stating agreement to utilize the services of Supervised Access Program, submitted and signed by each parent.
 

OFFICE OF THE CHILDREN’S LAWYER (OCL)
The Office of the Children's Lawyer is a law office in the Ministry of the Attorney General which delivers programs in the administration of justice on behalf of children with respect to their personal and property rights.


PROBATION ORDER
An order authorizing a person to be in the community subject to conditions listed in the order.


REFERRAL
A person recommended to someone or for something.


RESTRAINING ORDER
1. In family law cases, an order restraining harassment that prohibits a person from molesting, annoying, harassing or communicating with their spouse, their children, or a person having custody.

2. In family law cases, an order stopping one spouse from selling or depleting his or her property.
 

SERVICE AGREEMENT
An agreement between the Supervised Access Progam and both parents regarding conditions of service.