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§5.10 Disposition in General

At the disposition hearing, you may:

  • Dismiss the petition, although you have jurisdiction, and state specific reasons for the dismissal [WIC §390; CRC 5.695(a)(1)];
  • Not declare dependency, but place the child in informal supervision by DSS, to be completed within 6 to 12 months, and order that services be provided [see WIC §§360(b), 16506, 16507.3; CRC 5.695(a)(2)];
  • Appoint a legal guardian, with or without declaring dependency [see WIC §360(a); CRC 5.695(a)(3), (4)];
  • Declare the child to be a dependent child, and order that the child remain at home with family maintenance services, with or without limitations on control by the parent or guardian [see WIC §§360(d), 361(a); CRC 5.695(a)(5), (6)];
  • Declare the child to be a dependent child, remove the child from the home, order custody to a noncustodial parent or, with the parents’ consent, appoint a guardian, and terminate jurisdiction [see WIC §360(d); CRC 5.695(a)(7)(A)];
  • Declare the child to be a dependent child, remove the child from the home, and order custody to a noncustodial parent, with services to one or both parents [see WIC §360(d); CRC 5.695(a)(7)(B)]; or
  • Declare the child to be a dependent child, remove the child from the home, make any other general placement order, with reunification services, and consider granting visitation rights to the child’s grandparents [see WIC §360(d); CRC 5.695(a)(7)(C)].
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REFERENCE >> For a general form of findings and orders after a disposition hearing, see form JV-415. For a juvenile court custody order, see form JV-200.


   
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