Child Dependency System
Child Dependency Court is different than other types of
court proceedings. The average person probably doesn't have a clear picture of what goes on inside a court room
to begin with.
When you throw in the added complexity that is inherent in dependency matters, the whole system can seem quite daunting. This is a tumultuous time for your family, and it is important to familiarize yourself with the processes that govern dependency court. These processes cover everything from the types and timing of the hearings that you will asked to attend to the laws that the courts are charged with enforcing. Do not hesitate to ask questions. Remember, it might seem like you are fighting against your caseworker, but really, both of you are working towards the same goal; returning you children to your home safely.
Once a child has been placed under the superivision of the court, the judge or hearing master will hold a number of hearings to ensure his or her safety. Learn the purpose and timing of each hearing.
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Statutes, Regulations & Laws
There are a number of laws, statues, regulations and procedural rules that govern the mandates of the Child Dependency System. We've collected some of the most important here.
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If you do not spend a lot of time in court, you might be wondering about what to expect. We've complied a number of guides that should make the experience a little bit less intimidating.
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