Development & Resources

The Judicial Dependency Tracking System was developed in 2008 to capture all court related information about dependency cases. Currently, all of the 67 counties are imputing data into this system. Counties are able to pull a variety of data reports from the tracking system. The following is a list of the types of information that can be tracked:

  • Number of cases in the dependency system
  • Length of time a case is in the dependency system
  • Percentage of cases where a minor is receiving services but has not yet achieved permanency
  • Percentages of cases where a minor is granted to participate in other non-permanent legal placement options
  • Determine the number of children in foster care in a specific county
  • Determine the number of cases where court supervision was terminated in a given time period
  • Determine the number of cases filed in a given time period
  • Track judicial authority for Judges and Hearing Masters assignments
  • Track counsel and Guardian Ad Litem appointments
  • Track list of dependency cases scheduled for court

The performance measures for this system were derived from the 9 performance measures recommended from The National Council for Juvenile and Family Court, National Center for State Courts and the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law:

  1. Child Safety while Under Court Jurisdiction
  2. Child Safety after Release from Court Jurisdiction
  3. Achievement of Child Permanency
  4. Timeline to Permanent Placement
  5. Timeline to Adjudication
  6. Timeline to First Permanency Hearing
  7. Timeline to Termination of Parental Rights
  8. Service of Process to Parties
  9. Number of Judicial Officers per Case

Management Reports: These reports provide case specific information to assist courts in tracking how well cases are flowing through the system.

Statistical Reports: These reports provide congregate, non-case specific information regarding the overall processing of cases based upon the Juvenile Rules and the Juvenile Act. Reports typically provide information based on the age and demographic information of children.