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JUVENILE DEPENDENCY HEARINGS

FOREWORD

INTRODUCTION

PART 1

I. Getting Started

§1.01  Goals of Dependency Proceedings

§1.02  Responsibilities of Judicial Officer

§1.03  How a Child Enters the Juvenile Dependency System

§1.04  Filing Dependency Petition

§1.05  Indian Child Welfare Act

§1.06  Jurisdiction After Petition Filed

§1.07  Review Questions

II.  GENERAL PROCEDURES

§2.01  Commissioners and Referees

§2.02  Rehearing

§2.03  Restraining Orders

§2.04  Preliminary Joint Assessment

§2.05  Who Can Attend Hearings

§2.06  Compelling Attendance or Production

§2.07  Prehearing Disclosures

§2.08  Informality of Hearings

§2.09  Evidence

§2.10  Subsequent Petition Alleging New Grounds

§2.11  Supplemental Petition

§2.12  Petition for Modification

§2.13  Petition to Resume Jurisdiction Over Nonminor

§2.14  Hearing to Terminate Jurisdiction Over Nonminor

§2.15  Exit Orders

§2.16  Review Questions

III.  INITIAL OR DETENTION HEARING

§3.01  Time of Hearing

§3.02  Notice of Hearing

§3.03  Introductory Questions

§3.04  Explaining Process and Advising Parties of Their Rights

§3.05  Right to Counsel

§3.06  Other Representatives

§3.07  Parentage

§3.08  Evidence

§3.09  Social Worker’s Report

§3.10  Findings and Orders

§3.11  Child's Educational Needs

§3.12  Rehearing or Prima Facie Hearing

§3.13  Review Questions

PART 2

IV.  JURISDICTION HEARING

§4.01  Purpose

§4.02  Grounds for Jurisdiction

§4.03  Time of Hearing

§4.04  Notice of Hearing

§4.05  Advisement of Rights

§4.06  Evidence

§4.07  Social Worker’s Report

§4.08  Child’s Testimony

§4.09  Findings and Orders

§4.10  Uncontested Jurisdiction Hearing

§4.11  Review Questions

V.  DISPOSITION HEARING

§5.01  Purpose

§5.02  Time of Hearing

§5.03  Notice of Hearing

§5.04  Notice of Consequences

§5.05  De Facto Parent

§5.06  Advisement of Rights

§5.07  Evidence

§5.08  Social Worker’s Report

§5.09  Withdrawal of Counsel

§5.10  Disposition in General

§5.11  Informal Supervision

§5.12  Appointment of Guardian

§5.13  Placement With Custodial Parent

§5.14  Removal of Child

§5.15  Placement With Noncustodial Parent

§5.16  Placement With Relative or in Foster Care

§5.17  Ordering Reunification Services

§5.18  Exceptions to Ordering Reunification Services

§5.19  Visitation

§5.20  Set Periodic Review Hearings

§5.21  Other Findings and Orders

§5.22  Review Questions

PART 3

VI.  PERIODIC REVIEW HEARINGS

§6.01  Purpose

§6.02  Time of Hearings

§6.03  Notice of Hearings

§6.04  Advisement of Rights

§6.05  Evidence

§6.06  Social Worker’s Report

§6.07  Common Issues

§6.08  Findings and Orders at Six-Month Review Hearing  

§6.09  Findings and Orders at 12-Month Permanency Hearing

§6.10  Findings and Orders at 18-Month Permanency Review Hearing

§6.11  Findings and Orders at 24-Month Subsequent Permanancy Review Hearing

§6.12 Review Questions

VII.  SELECTION AND IMPLEMENTATION (.26) HEARING

§7.01  Purpose

§7.02  Time of Hearing

§7.03  Notice of Setting

§7.04  Visitation Pending Hearing

§7.05  Evidence

§7.06  Assessment

§7.07  Right to Counsel

§7.08  Findings and Orders in General

§7.09  Terminating Parental Rights

§7.10  Adoption

§7.11  Tribal Customary Adoption

§7.12  Guardianship

§7.13  Foster Care

§7.14  Review Questions

VIII.  POSTPERMANENCY PLANNING REVIEW HEARING

§8.01  Purpose

§8.02  Time of Hearing

§8.03  Notice of Hearing

§8.04  Evidence

§8.05  Hearing Conducted by Court or Agency

§8.06  Findings and Orders

§8.07  Review Questions

RESOURCES

Flowchart of Dependency Proceedings

Chart of ICWA Requirements

Chart of ICWA Findings and Orders

Chart of Title IV-E Findings

Checklist of Introductory Questions

Checklist of Services to Return Child Home

Education Case Plan

Education Checklist

Checklist of WIC §300 Jurisdictional Grounds

Checklist of Contents for Social Worker's Report

Checklist for Denying Reunification Services

Chart of Statutory Exceptions to Reunification Services Orders

Checklist for Setting .26 Hearing for Sibling Group Members

Checklist of Proper Notice for .26 Hearing

Glossary of Dependency Terms

Publications and Web Links


   
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