This section describes your rights involving your family. This includes your right to know and be cared for by your parents if it is in your best interests, and your rights if you are adopted or being cared for by social services.
The government must respect the rights and responsibilities of parents/guardians to direct and guide you as you grow up, so you can enjoy your rights properly.
You should be able to live with your parents/guardians and you should not be separated from them unless it is in your best interests. If you do not live with both your parents, you have a right to keep in contact with them as long as it is safe to do so and it is in your best interests.
If you and your parents are living in separate countries, the government must manage applications to reunite your family quickly and fairly. They should also make sure that these applications will not have any negative consequences for you or your family.
You should not be kidnapped. If you are, the government should do all that it can to get you home safely.
Your parents/guardians have the main responsibility to look after and care for you, if it is in your best interests. The government must help them do this.
If for some reason you cannot be looked after by your own family, you must be given alternative care. The people who care for you should respect your background (e.g. your own religion, culture and language).
If you are being placed for adoption this must be arranged in a way that is best for you, making sure you can live a safe and happy life. You should only be adopted by people who are able to treat you well. The process must be properly regulated and you may be placed in another country if you are unable to be cared for safely in your home country.
If you are in the care of the government (this is sometimes called being in care or looked after) in a residential setting or a treatment centre, they should regularly check that this is still the best choice/option for you.
The government must to all that they can to make sure that your parents/guardians provide for you financially, even if they live in another country.