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What is a Hear The Child Report (HTC)?

When parents cannot agree on issues related to custody, guardianship, residence for the children, access, allegations of abuse and other parenting issues, they can request a court-ordered Hear The Child Report whereby a clinical counsellor or registered social worker interviews the child and reports the child’s views on specific issues. A Views of the Child Report can also be approved by the parties involved without a court order.

These issues include the child’s preferred residence, school, views on access, visits and anything where the parents would like the child’s opinion to be heard. The Hear The Child Report does not provide recommendations as it is only intended to clarify the child’s opinions and feelings about an issue affecting them.

How does the process work?

The process typically involves interviewing each child to gain an understanding of their needs. Our questions are based on information provided by each parent. Each parent is asked to complete the intake interview form (found below) which allows the parent to voice their concerns for the child. A detailed report is written and the parents typically use the report to help reach a settlement whereby the voice of the child is heard.

We have two therapists currently offering Hear the Child reports:

Nicole Ripley, Registered Clinical Counsellor –

Becky Palmer, Registered Clinical Counsellor –

Both Nicole and Becky are registered members of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). They have experience and knowledge working with children and adolescents going through divorce adjustment. both clinicians have worked with families in conflict and children experiencing separation over the past decade. During this report, the interviewer/counsellor is a neutral and impartial person who will listen to children’s views, record them and report them back to the parties and/or the court to assist them in making final decisions.

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Costs

$575 (gst exempt)| one child

$500 (gst exempt) | additional child

$100 additional fee to register / file the report in court.
The report is provided within 10 business days of the interview.

Terms and Conditions

Please download and print out the HTC Consent Form and Interview Intake form below, then mail  () or fax (778-478-0990) it to us. Both guardians must provide consent unless otherwise stated in a court order. Both guardians must complete the two forms before the scheduled appointment.

HTC Consent Form

Interview Intake Form

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