OCYA and Rights

What is the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA)?

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The OCYA stands up for young people. They are an independent office, which means they are not part of the government, Children’s Services, or Youth Justice.

They can help you speak up for yourself so that your rights, interests and viewpoints are considered when decisions are being made about you.

If you are receiving or want to receive child intervention services, or are involved with the youth justice system, then the OCYA can help you. They may also be able to give you a lawyer if you are dealing with a child intervention court matter, or a matter under the Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act (PSECA).

Get in touch

Even if you’re not sure they 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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