What We Do


The Child and Family Services Review Board (CFSRB) conducts reviews and hearings on a number of matters that affect children, youth and families in Ontario.

Under the Child and Family Services Act, the CFSRB can review:

  • A children’s aid society’s decision to remove a foster child (Crown ward) from a foster home where the child has lived continuously for two or more years (section 61)
  • Certain complaints related to services provided by children’s aid societies (sections 68 and 68.1)
  • Residential placements of children in care (section 36)
  • Emergency admission of a child to a secure treatment program (section 124)
  • Decisions to refuse an adoption of a particular child, to impose a term or condition on an adoption, or to remove a child from an adoption placement, (sections 141,142.3 and 144 )

Under the Education Act, the CFSRB can hear appeals about the expulsion of students by school boards.

Under the Intercountry Adoption Act, the CFSRB can review:

  • A Director’s refusal to approve a person as eligible to adopt from outside of Canada
  • Conditions attached to Director’s approval to adopt from outside Canada

The CFRSB holds mediations and hearings throughout the province. CFSRB members have diverse backgrounds in the fields of law, social services, mental health and education.

The CFSRB is one the seven tribunals that form Social Justice Tribunals Ontario (SJTO). The CFRSB does its work in keeping with the core values of SJTO:

  • Accessibility
  • Fairness and independence
  • Timeliness
  • Transparency
  • Professionalism and public service

The CFRSB’s Rules and practice directions apply to its proceedings.

When should I contact the CFSRB?

Contact the CFSRB if you want to: