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§6.02 Time of Hearings

You must schedule periodic review hearings as follows:

  • Set a six-month review hearing within six months of disposition and every six months thereafter. [See WIC §§364(a), 366(a)(1); CRC 5.502(9), 5.710(a)] If the child is removed, the six-month hearing must be held six months after the disposition hearing, but no later than 12 months after the date the child entered foster care as determined in WIC §361.49, whichever occurs earlier. [WIC §366.21(e).]
  • If services were extended to a 12–month date, set a 12–month permanency hearing within 12 months from the date the child entered foster care, as that date is determined under WIC §361.49, but no later than 18 months from the date of initial removal. [WIC §366.21(f); see CRC 5.502(9), 5.715(a).]
  • If services were extended to an 18-month date, set an 18-month permanency review hearing within 18 months from the date the child was first removed from the physical custody of a parent or guardian. [WIC §366.21(g)(1); CRC 5.502(19), 5.720(a).]
  • If services were extended to a 24-month subsequent permanency review hearing, set the hearing within 24 months from the date the child was first removed from the physical custody of a parent or guardian. [WIC §§361.5(a)(3), 366.22(b), 366.25(a)(1); CRC 5.722.]

If the child remains in the custody of the parent or legal guardian, a review hearing must be held within six months after the date of the original dispositional hearing and no less frequently than once every six months thereafter as long as the child remains a dependent. [WIC §364; CRC 5.706.]

You may grant requests for continuances pursuant to WIC §352 and CRC 5.550 on a showing of good cause, and a determination that the continuance is not contrary to the child’s best interests so long as the additional time does not violate the applicable time periods under WIC §361.5(a). The convenience of parties or a stipulation by counsel alone is not good cause. [WIC §352(a); CRC 5.550(a)(2).]

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