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About the Program

The Centre for Refugee Children has launched a new program to provide qualified support to children navigating the refugee determination system. All refugee claimants under the age of 18 are legally entitled to a Designated Representative for processes before the Immigration and Refugee Board. Our child representative volunteers serve as Designated Representatives for unaccompanied and separated children, as well as accompanied children whose legal guardians are unable to serve in this capacity. 

Child Representative volunteers also support unaccompanied and separated children in additional proceedings related to their refugee claim and immigration processes. Their responsibilities include supporting child to:

How to become a volunteer

We are seeking legal professionals and settlement workers to serve as Child Representatives. Experience working within the immigration and refugee determination system or with newcomer children is a great asset to this role. 

All volunteers must comply with the qualifications set out by the Immigration and Refugee Board. This includes that Designated Representatives must: 

Interested volunteers should email to receive a volunteer application