OCYA and Rights

What to expect from your OCYA advocate

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Advocates work with young people involved with the child intervention system or the youth justice system.

Your advocate will listen to what you have to say. They will ask questions about what you think and what you want, so they can help you exercise your rights and have your voice heard. Your advocate will stand by you when decisions are being made about you.

When meeting with your advocate, they will want to talk to you about:

  • Their role as your advocate
  • How an advocate can help you
  • Confidentiality and what that means for you
  • Your rights
  • Options for having your opinion heard

Your advocate will explain things in a way you can understand and answer your questions. You and your advocate will meet in a place that is comfortable for you. When you can’t meet in-person, you and your advocate will agree on a different way to communicate.

Get in touch

Even if you’re not sure the OCYA can help – try them! A friendly intake worker will listen and ask you a few questions to see if they can help.

Their toll-free number is available anywhere in Alberta: 1.800.661.3446.

If you get a voicemail, leave a message with your name and phone number and an intake worker will call you back.

You can also email if that works better: [email protected]

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