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What is Dependency Court?

Dependency Court involves boys and girls under the age of 18 who have been physically, emotionally, or sexually abused and/or, who have been neglected or abandoned, and thus need the protection of the Superior Court. Juvenile Court Dependency Proceedings include, but are not limited to the following hearings:


  Arraignment and Detention Hearing
  Pre-release Investigation Hearing
  Pre-trial Resolution Conference Hearing
  Adjudication (Trial)
  Disposition Hearing
  Six-month Status Review Hearing
  Twelve-month Status Review Hearing
  Eighteen-month Planning Hearing
  Selection and Implementation Hearing
  Guardianship Hearing
  Adoption Hearing










 Jurisdictions throughout the United States have procedures that best serve the families within each jurisdiction and thus,
 the procedures are not uniform throughout the United States.

Child Abuse and the Legal System,
by Inger J. Sagatun and Leonard P. Edwards
Chicago: Nelson-Hall., 1995

Somebody Else's Children,
by John Hubner & Jill Wolfson
New York: Crown Publishers., 1996

Re-printed with thanks to Comfort for Court Kids

 Copyright 2001-2005 and Nancy Rabin Brucker, Esq.