4. Every decision made under this Act must aim at keeping the child in the family environment.
If, in the interest of the child, it is not possible to keep the child in the family environment, the decision must aim at ensuring that the child benefits, insofar as possible with the persons most important to the child, in particular the grandparents or other members of the extended family, from continuity of care, stable relationships and stable living conditions corresponding to the child’s needs and age and as nearly similar to those of a normal family environment as possible. Moreover, the parents’ involvement must always be fostered, with a view to encouraging and helping them to exercise their parental responsibilities.
If, in the interest of the child, returning the child to the family is impossible, the decision must aim at ensuring continuity of care, stable relationships and stable living conditions corresponding to the child’s needs and age on a permanent basis.
A decision made under the second or third paragraph regarding a Native child must aim at entrusting the child to an alternative living environment capable of preserving his cultural identity, by giving preference to a member of his extended family or his community or nation.
1977, c. 20, s. 4; 1984, c. 4, s. 5; 2006, c. 34, s. 4; 2017, c. 18, s. 31.