Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)

Get your children back



If FaCS (used to be DoCS) wants to talk to you about your children, phone ALS for free legal advice. We have a Care and Protection Law Practice. We have Lawyers and Field Officers who can help you. 

Phone 1800 733 233

Email

Read a brochure on the ALS Care and Protection Law Practice

 


 

WHAT IF MY CHILDREN HAVE BEEN REMOVED?

  • Phone the Care and Protection Law Practice on 1800 733 233
  • We can give you information about your rights and responsibilities
  • We can help you communicate with FaCS (used to be DoCS)
  • We can tell you about the legal process

 

CAN FaCS ENTER MY HOME?

  • Yes, FaCS can enter your home and remove your children either with or without a warrant

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF FaCS WANTS TO SPEAK WITH ME?

  • Call the ALS Care and Protection Law Practice on 1800 733 233
  • If FaCS invite you to their office, take a support person
  • Don’t sign anything until you have legal advice

 

CAN THE ALS MAKE REFERRALS?

  • We can give you advice about your long term goals
  • We can make referrals for you to services that will help you

 

WHAT IF THE CHILDREN’S COURT HAS MADE FINAL ORDERS ABOUT MY CHILDREN?

  • We can help you talk with FaCS
  • We can write letters on your behalf
  • We can help you to find out what is happening with your children if they are in out-of-home care

 

CAN I CHANGE PREVIOUS ORDERS MADE BY THE CHILDREN’S COURT?

  • We can help you re-open your case in the Children’s Court
  • You must prove to the Court that you have made a significant change in your circumstances from when the last order was made
  • We can advise you about the kind of evidence you need

 

WHAT IF I WANT TO APPEAL A DECISION MADE IN THE CHILDREN’S COURT?

  • You have 28 days to appeal a Children’s Court order
  • You must speak with us as soon as possible after the Children’s Court makes the final order

 

CAN I MAKE A COMPLAINT ABOUT FaCS?

  • We can talk with you about the complaints process
  • Our staff can help you write a letter of complaint, or write one for you

 

Questions

Help, they want to remove my children.

We can help. Contact us. We will give you information and advice about your rights and responsibilities and information about what DoCS can and can't do.

I want to appeal a decision...

You must talk to us within 28 days of a decision being made. If orders were made a long time ago, we can make an Application to have your matter re-opened and re-examined. You must demonstrate to the Court you have made big changes in your life.

I need help looking after my children...

We can help you get in contact with services close to where you live to help you look after your children. Contact us.

I want to make a complaint about DoCS - which is now the Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS). Can you help me?

We can give you information. We can talk to you about the complaints process if you are not happy with your treatment by Family and Community Services (FaCS). We can also help you write letters of complaint to the Ombudsman, if appropriate.

Final orders on my children have been made in court. What can I do?

You may be able to take the matter back to Court. We can help you talk to DoCS or talk to them if you don't like the kind of contact DoCS is providing. We can help you work out your long term goals.