CHILDREN’S LEGAL & EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE CENTRE
We offer legal advice, information, representation, referrals and services to children and youth. Lawyers at CLERC provide representation to young people 19 years of age and under who have nowhere else to turn for legal support.
We help young people get a lawyer to deal with:
- family issues (e.g., visitation and residency matters, child support, independent living questions, adoption and pregnancy matters and arranged marriages)
- immigration and cross-cultural issues
- estates and inheritance matters
- employment questions
- landlord and tenant questions
- human rights issues
- school issues
- guardianship questions
Some questions young people ask CLERC:
- My parents are separating, will I have to go to court?
- I’ve left home. What are my legal rights?
- I’m new to Canada and my immigration papers are not correct. Is there anything I can do?
- I worked for a company this summer and they haven’t paid me. Is there anything I can do?
- I’m pregnant. Can my parents force me to give the baby up for adoption?
We answer questions and provide referrals in all legal and legally related matters. CLERC does not represent young people involved in criminal matters or those who access legal services through Child Welfare. Other services are available to provide young people with representation in these areas.
If you need help with criminal matters, contact the Youth Criminal Defence Office
If you need legal help and are already involved with Children’s Services contact the Alberta Children’s Advocate.