What are the obligations of Children's Aid Society of Niagara Region at the initial stage of a protection application?

Ontario, Canada

The following excerpt is from Family and Children's Services of Guelph v. C.M., 2016 ONCJ 685 (CanLII):

[44] The principles enunciated in R.L v. Children’ s Aid Society of Niagara Region focus the obligations of a society at the “initial stage”, that is, as a protection application proceeds to a hearing. The statutory principles it focuses are the rights of parents and extended family as emphasized in subsections 1(2) and 57(3) and (4). It also addresses the role of foster parents during this stage in a proceeding as well as the importance of expeditious decision-making.

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