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Criteria for vulnerable clients and law

Family - adoption

Legal Aid NSW will determine whether the client is vulnerable having regard to:

  • whether they are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • any mental health problems, cognitive impairment or substance abuse issues
  • any history of being in out-of-home care
  • whether they live in unstable housing (or are homeless)
  • any serious difficulty dealing with government agencies
  • whether they are experiencing or at risk of domestic and family violence
  • whether they are or have been a victim of violence
  • whether they are in custody
  • whether they are living in a remote or regional area and have difficulty accessing legal services
  • whether they are a refugee who arrived on an offshore humanitarian visa or holds a protection visa.

Legal Aid NSW will make an assessment of the vulnerability of the client based on these characteristics and experiences.