Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY)

Social Work Supports Program

Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY) provides select legal representation to low-income children and youth in Ontario. 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.

The Social Work Supports Program is comprised of our client social worker, Alisha. The clients that come to JFCY have a very wide range of legal issues and Alisha provides support to young people who have unmet mental health and learning needs in school, people who have experienced violence, homelessness and trauma, who have no income or financial support, who have no or precarious immigration status, or who are facing criminal justice system involvement and lack social and other supports.  Through the Social Work Support Program, Alisha ensures JFCY is able to provide meaningful wraparound, trauma-informed support services to our clients who are facing significant adversity. Alisha’s contributions ensure that our legal service providers can work more efficiently to provide legal services and meet the legal needs that brought the young person to JFCY in the first place.

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"Funding from the Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation has made it possible for Justice for Children and Youth to provide in-house social services support to our clients. Our clients are dealing with so much complex trauma in their lives, and are struggling to navigate systems that are confusing and difficult to access – this essential service delivery has been revolutionary. AMDF understands the interplay between legal and social support services and the complex intersectional issues faced by JFCY clients; their funding makes it possible for us to have a full-time Client Support Worker. On behalf of our clients, we are so grateful to have the support of AMDF."

Mary Birdsell

Executive Director