Building its service model from a framework centered on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child—and with a commitment to serving children and families holistically, based on each child’s specific needs and circumstances—the Centre for Refugee Children provides case management services, support and critical referrals in the following areas of settlement:
Access to Education
Shelter and Housing
Basic Needs Support
The Centre for Refugee Children accepts referrals directly from unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) and refugee families with children requiring specialized legal and settlement services. Referrals are also accepted through community organizations and government divisions. To make a referral, please contact the Centre for Refugee Children by phone or email.
Access to Justice
The Centre for Refugee Children provides specialized support for UASCs and refugee children—including children who are concurrently navigating the federal immigration and provincial child welfare systems in Ontario—with a focus on improving access to justice at all stages of their refugee claim or immigration process. This includes protecting the child’s rights from arrival to resolution as it relates to immigration proceedings; ensuring access to appropriate legal counsel and designated representatives at all stages of their refugee claim; and providing direct assistance with various applications, services and referrals related to the child’s immigration process and the regularization of their status in Canada.
In order to promote improved outcomes for UASCs and refugee children in Ontario, the Centre for Refugee Children is available to conduct community outreach and public education workshops to settlement organizations, emergency shelters, refugee houses, youth-serving agencies, school boards, post-secondary institutions and government divisions with the aim of increasing capacity across sectors to effectively identify, support and connect UASCs to available services and resources.
Workshops and presentations will be available starting in June 2021. To request a workshop or presentation for your group or organization, please contact the Centre for Refugee Children by phone or email.