The least intrusive Order that the Director may seek from the Court is a Supervision Order.
The Director of Child and Family Services may determine that the child in need of intervention may be safe with their guardian or guardians while services are put in place. If so, the Director will apply for a Supervision Order pursuant to Section 28 of the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.
The Supervision Order application is usually heard in Docket Court. The Court may make a Supervision Order for up to 6 months if it agrees that:
- Your child is in need of intervention; and
- Mandatory supervision of you and your child is necessary to protect the survival, security or development of your child.
If the Court does not agree with the Director’s position that a Supervision Order is appropriate, they may ask for more evidence and a Hearing will be set to decide that issue.
Supervision Orders must include a term that allows the Director to supervise the child in their home and include reasonable terms in respect of:
- The frequency of visits by the Director to the home
- Any assessments or treatment for the child or anyone residing in the home; and
- Any other term the Court thinks is necessary which may include:
- One parent moving out of the home
- Abstaining from drinking or using drugs
- Attending individual or relationship counselling
- Attending anger management courses
- Attending domestic violence counselling
- Getting a job
- Attending parenting courses
Breaching a Supervision Order carries significant consequences. If you do not comply with each and every term of the Supervision Order, the Court has authority under Section 29 to make a Temporary Guardianship Order or a Permanent Guardianship Order.