Who We Are
Justice for Children and Youth provides select legal representation to low-income children and youth in Toronto and vicinity. We are a non-profit legal aid clinic that specializes in protecting the rights of those facing conflicts with the legal system, education, social service or mental health systems. We give summary legal advice, information and assistance to young people, parents (in education matters), professionals and community groups across Ontario.
What We Do
Justice for Children and Youth has staff lawyers who represent and advocate for youth under 18 and a lawyer for homeless youth under 25. If you have a legal problem or you have any questions you can contact us.
Justice for Children and Youth’s staff lawyers provide direct legal assistance in all areas of children’s law to eligible children and youth of Toronto and vicinity. In conjunction with legal assistance, we provide community outreach and public legal education. We give summary legal advice, information and assistance to young people, parents (in education matters), professionals and community groups are provided on a province wide basis.
Justice for Children and Youth advocates for law and policy reform and as well, monitors and responds to current developments and proposed changes to the laws which affect children. A wide range of publications and legal materials are maintained for public use.
Justice for Children and Youth strives to protect and advance the legal rights and dignity of children and youth in Canada. Voice and empowerment are important tenets of the mission. By providing children and youth with the tools and context which allows them to speak for themselves as individual rights holders in our society is the most effective way to preserve their rights.
Justice for Children and Youth seeks to increase our impact on the rights and dignity of children and youth by providing a deeper offering of sustainable community development, public legal education and direct legal services.
How We Are Organized
Justice for Children and Youth is the operating name of the Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth & the Law, Inc. The Foundation is an Ontario non-share capital corporation with charitable status. It is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors who are elected at our Annual General meeting usually held in October. The corporation itself is madeup of members who pay a yearly fee or one life-time membership fee.
History of JFCY
JFCY was formally incorporated as the Canadian Foundation for Children Youth and the Law in 1978; and was known as Justice for Children (JFC) until 1990, when the foundation became formally known as Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY). In 2013, JFCY celebrated it’s 35th anniversary and created a document to highlight some of the foundation’s achievements through the years: 35 Years at JFCY