IF I AM CALLED BY THE CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY (CAS) TO ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS , DO I HAVE TO ANSWER THEM?
In short the answer is no.
If the CAS wants to interview you about allegations regarding you and or the children, you are not obligated to co-operate. That being said, not answering questions the CAS has could cause them to take a more drastic measures such as apprehending your child because of your lack of cooperation.
The key is that whenever you have been contacted by the CAS, is to first get as much information about the allegations as you can. The CAS is obligated to give you this information if you or your children are the subject of the investigation. secondly, tell the CAS before you answer any questions that you wish to consult a lawyer.
Lastly, speak to counsel giving them all the information you have obtained from the CAS worker along with the worker’s full name and telephone number as this enables your counsel to speak to the worker when needed. The only time you are obligated to speak to CAS is if you are in a caregiving role with a child, or are a parent of a child and you become aware that the child has been abused. a caregiver is anyone responsible for children such as a teacher, hockey coach, scout leader, cadet leader, camp counselor or anyone in a similar position.
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