Going to court



Created by parents for parents

“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”. (Parent)

“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)

Know what’s right

Your children’s rights


Overview - rights of kids in care


Charter of rights - Kids rights in care (ages 7-12)


Charter of rights - Kids rights in care (ages 13-18)


Care Leavers' Charter of Rights

Your rights


Your rights as a parent while your child is in care

Things have changed and I want my kids back.

The Children's Court made a decision that I am not happy about.

I think I have been discriminated against.

Family Inclusion NSW

This website has more information about going to court and about legal processes.

LawAccess NSW

Free telephone legal information and referrals to your nearest Legal
Aid NSW office, Community Legal Centre, private solicitors and other

T: 1300 888 529

TTY: 1300 889 529

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