This web site was created to provide general information for foster children and their advocates.
The information contained on the web site is not intended to constitute legal advice to any person and should not be relied upon as authoritative in any particular case.
Users of the information on this web site do so at their own risk. If you need legal advice or help with a specific legal problem, contact an attorney specializing in child welfare law.
However, if you wish to access the Juvenile court, and intend to proceed without an attorney, the state provides forms for you to use. Advokids provides guidelines and instructions about how to use and file the state approved forms.
This process can be difficult and tedious, but if foster parents, foster children or any interested persons take a proactive role in the process, the courts will begin to expect the participation of interested people and begin to rely on the information they provide in making decisions.
Click here to download "Dependency Court: How It Works" (PDF)
Click here for a flowchart diagram of the juvenile court process (PDF)
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