Choosing a Juvenile Dependency Attorney is Important.

Have you been accused of neglect or abuse? Has a social worker from the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) or other child protective organizations tried to or have them removed your child from your home? You may need a juvenile dependency lawyer.

At RepresentYou.com, we hold our family law attorneys who specialize in Juvenile cases to very high standards to make sure you get the highest quality representation. All of our lawyers have a minimum of two decades of expertise practicing law, full malpractice insurance, and no record of disciplinary action from the State Bar of California or any other bar association. Additionally, we grade our lawyers internally through client surveys and take any complaints or disputes extremely seriously.

Our panel member lawyers may also be able to help foster parent attempting to retain custody of children that have been placed in their care. A lawyer at our firm may discuss adoption matters with you as they relate to specific situations that you may find yourself in.

Have you been accused of any of the following?

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We also represent foster parent attempting to retain custody of children that have been placed in their care. One of our panel member attorney’s law firms can discuss adoption matters with you as they relate to specific situations that you may find yourself in, either seeking adoption or trying to prevent an adoption of your child.

Juvenile Dependency Law protects children from abuse and neglect, if you have been accused of neglect or abuse. Many legal matters can be resolved without court intervention. If you have charges against you, let us try to help you find a juvenile dependency lawyer. The sooner you find a lawyer, the better you can help avoid the complex court and foster care systems.

Juvenile dependency proceedings are initiated when the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) which files a petition with the Juvenile Dependency Court.

The juvenile dependency court addresses major concerns:

  • Determining validity of allegations
  • Regaining child custody
  • The court prefers to place a child with a parent or relative because this type of placement is usually better for the child. It also gives the parent more of a chance to regain future custody rights.
  • The validity of allegations
  • Where the child will live

Jurisdictional Hearing for WIC § 300 Petition Information

The law states, whenever a petition is filed with the Juvenile Court, there must be a court hearing to determine whether or not the allegations of the petition are true. This hearing is the Jurisdictional/Dispositional hearing. The Jurisdictional/Dispositional Hearing is a bifurcated hearing; that is, it is one hearing divided into two parts, jurisdiction and disposition.  It is during the jurisdictional part of the hearing that the allegations in the petition are addressed.  If the petition is found to be true, the court has a legal basis for taking jurisdiction over the child to protect the child’s well-being.

In Juvenile Dependency court following the  Jurisdictional Hearing for WIC 300 Petition you may have a Jurisdictional/Disposition Hearing. If the  juvenile court has assumed the Jurisdiction of your child by finding a child is a person guilty of Section 300 of the Welfare & Institutions Code. This hearing determines if the child should stay in a parents home or if DCFS takes charge.

What is De Facto Parent Status?

A “de facto parent” is defined as a person who has been found by the court to have assumed on a day to day basis, the role of parent, fulfilling both the child’s physical and psychological needs for care and affection, and who has assumed that role for a substantial period of time. (California Rules of Court, rule 1401(a)(8) (In re B.G. (1974) 11 Cal.3d 679.)

Juvenile Dependency Section 364 Review Hearings

If you have had your child place in supervision of the Department of Children and Family Services under WIC section 300 and with an outcome in which the child is not removed from the physical custody of his or her parent or guardian supervision is continued to a specific future date within the next six months after the date of the original dispositional hearing.”

Maintenance Services

If you need to hire a private lawyer to advocate for your family maintenance program please contact RepresentYou.com. Juvenile Dependency cases are handled delicately and the Family Court is careful to take into consideration the needs and interests of all children involved. Call us to fight the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), our Los Angles based panel of juvenile dependency lawyers have many years of experience fighting child services. If you have a legal matter that involves a jurisdictional hearing against the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) contact us to fight for your rights to keep your child.

Welfare and Institution Code 300 (a) to (i)

  • Serious Physical Harm by Parent or Guardian [WIC Section 300(a)] Finding a lawyer for your 300(a) charge in  juvenile dependency court can be difficult, let us help you find representation for your juvenile dependency legal matter.  You should retain the best legal council you can find, At RepresentYou.com, we hold our family law attorneys to high standards to make sure you get the highest quality lawyers to represent you. (a) The child has suffered, or there is a substantial risk that the child will suffer, serious physical harm inflicted nonaccidentally upon the child by the child’s parent or guardian. For the purposes of this subdivision, a court may find there is a substantial risk of serious future injury based on the manner in which a less serious injury was inflicted, a history of repeated inflictions of injuries on the child or the child’s siblings, or a combination of these and other actions by the parent or guardian which indicate the child is at risk of serious physical harm.
  • Failure to Adequately Supervise, Protect, or Provide for Child [WIC Section 300(b)] Finding a lawyer for your failure to adequately supervise, protect, or provide for child [Section 300(b)] charge in  juvenile dependency court can be difficult, let us help you find representation for your juvenile dependency legal matter.  Many people are not satisfied with their public defender and use a private attorney for their juvenile dependency legal matters.
  • Serious Emotional Damage [WIC Section 300(c)] If you have been charge with 300 (c) serious emotional damage, if you’re parent or guardian you can find a lawyer to help you fight in  juvenile dependency court, our  juvenile dependency lawyers can assist you with many different types of of juvenile dependency matters. RepresentYou.com is a good place to start for anyone who has a legal matter, if it is best that a family law attorney handle your case, RepresentYou.com can arrange a free initial consultation with a lawyer in your area to discuss possible action.
  • Sexual Abuse [WIC Section 300(d)] Finding a lawyer for your 300(d) charge in  juvenile dependency court can be difficult, let us help you find representation for your juvenile dependency legal matter.  If you have been accused of something you, you should retain the best legal council you can find, At RepresentYou.com, we hold our family law attorneys to high standards to make sure you get the highest quality lawyers to represent you.
  • Severe Physical Abuse of Young Child [WIC Section 300(e)] Finding a lawyer for your 300(e) charge in  juvenile dependency court can be difficult, if you have been charged with this: If child is under the age of five years and has suffered severe physical abuse by a parent, or by any person known by the parent, if the parent knew or reasonably should have known that the person was physically abusing the child; us help you find representation for your juvenile dependency legal matter.
  • Causing the Death of Another Child by Neglect or Abuse [WIC Section 300(f)] If you’re being accused 300(f) and your are facing charges in  juvenile dependency court, finding a lawyer can be difficult, if you have been charged with this: If child is under the age of five years and has suffered severe physical abuse by a parent, or by any person known by the parent, if the parent knew or reasonably should have known that the person was physically abusing the child; us help you find representation for your juvenile dependency legal matter.
  • Child Left Without Provision for Support or Voluntarily Surrendered [Section 300(g)] If you’re being accused 300(g) The child has been left without any provision for support; physical custody of the child has been voluntarily surrendered pursuant to Section 1255.7 of the Health and Safety Code and the child has not been reclaimed within the 14-day period specified insubdivision (e) of that section; the child’s parent has been incarcerated or institutionalized and cannot arrange for the care of the child; or a relative or other adult custodian with whom the child resides or has been left is unwilling or unable to provide care or support for the child, the whereabouts of the parent are unknown, and reasonable efforts to locate the parent have been unsuccessful.
  • Termination of Parental Rights or No Adoption Petition [WIC Section 300(h)] Laws (h) The child has been freed for adoption by one or both parents for 12 months by either relinquishment or termination of parental rights or an adoption petition has not been granted.
  • Acts of Cruelty [WIC Section 300(i)] If you have been charged with acts of cruelty section 300(i) it maybe in your best interest to retain a lawyer to help you navigate the juvenile dependency court. RepresentYou.com imposes a very strict set of standards on all of our panel member attorneys. Before a criminal lawyer can be considered for panel membership he or she must meet certain strict criteria.
  • Abuse or Neglect of Sibling [WIC Section 300(j)] If you have been charge with Section 300(j) you can find a lawyer to help you fight in  juvenile dependency court, our  juvenile dependency lawyers can assist you with many different types of of juvenile dependency matters. RepresentYou.com is a good place to start for anyone who has a legal matter, if it is best that a family law attorney handle your case, RepresentYou.com can arrange a free initial consultation with a lawyer in your area to discuss possible action. After this initial consultation, it is at your and your lawyer’s discretion whether or not to further pursue your family law or  juvenile dependency case together

What Is Juvenile Dependency?

When children come to court because a parent has been accused of  hurting them or not taken care of them, this is a juvenile dependency case. Until a child grows up, he or she is dependent on adults and needs their protection. If parents can’t or won’t take care of their child properly, the juvenile court may step in and the child may become “dependent” on the court for safeguarding. When this happens, the child may have to live with relatives or another family for awhile. This temporary family is called a foster care family.

Usually, parents want to have their child live with them. The judge and social workers will work with parents to make their home healthy and safe. If they succeed, then the child can move back home with the parents. This is called reification.

Sometimes parents can’t make their home safe for the child. Then the judge and others may have to find another home where the child can live safely for a long time. They make a permanent plan for a child.

What Does the Social Worker Do in  Juvenile Dependency Court?

A social worker is a person who tries to protect children and keep them safe. A social worker may help children who are being hit or touched in bad ways (this is called abuse). The social worker may also help children who don’t have proper food, clothes, or other things they need (this is called neglect). If the abuse or neglect is very bad, the social worker may have to find another place for the child to stay. Then the family and the social worker may have to go to court so that a judge can decide how to help the child and the family.

 What Does the Judge Do in Juvenile Dependency Court?

Judges in dependency court do all the jobs judges usually do, except that there is no jury in dependency court. The judge is the one who makes the final decision about what happens in a case.

What Do Lawyers Do in Juvenile Dependency Court?

People involved in a case usually have a lawyer to speak for them in court. The people in a dependency case who might have a lawyer are the social worker, mother, father, children, and sometimes others.

What Does a CASA Do in Juvenile Dependency Court?

Sometimes the judge will assign a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to help with a dependency case. CASAs are volunteers who help by talking to people, especially children, and telling the judge what they learn. CASAs spend a lot of time with the children they’re assigned to. They listen to the children and tell their story to the court. The CASA also suggests to the court what can be done to make the child safe and healthy.

What Do Children Do in  Juvenile Dependency Court?

A child might be a witness. If you are a witness, the lawyers and sometimes the judge will ask you questions. Of course, it is very important to tell the truth when you answer questions in court. You even have to make a special promise, called an oath, to tell the truth before you answer questions. It is also important to answer just the questions that you understand. If you don’t understand a question, it is OK to say so and have the question explained to you.

If you’re afraid to answer questions in the courtroom, be sure to tell your lawyer, if you have one, or the judge. They will do everything they can to make you feel more comfortable. They may let you answer questions in the judge’s office or have your CASA sit with you in court.

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Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) lawyers

If you have been accused of anything above or need a lawyer to fight DCFS, you need to find the best dependency attorney available. At RepresentYou.com we may be able to help you find lawyers who have years of experience fighting in the Monterey Park courthouse against DCFS in juvenile dependency court. At RepresentYou.com we offer lawyers with a minimum of 20 years of experience fighting in juvenile dependency court against the Department of Children and Family Services DCFS lawyers. Child Protective services often makes many mistakes and your Juvenile Dependency Lawyer may have the ability to resolve your legal matter quickly and get your children out of the system or foster care.

Juvenile Dependency False Allegations Of Child Abuse

If you retain an attorney, in some cases, what you have been accused of may possibly be resolved through formal or informal negotiations. This allows you to try and avoid having the case drag through court or before you take a plea or have a increased chance of losing your children.

If you attorney can prove that the allegations are found are false, either through negotiations or trial. If a parent requests an immediate trial, you case gets bumped to a trial, trials are heard by a judge, not a jury, and DCFS will need to prove that allegations are true.

Find the Best Juvenile Dependency Lawyer

RepresentYou.com has broadened its services to offer lawyers in several different areas of family law we provide: Adoption lawyerschild custody lawyerschild Support lawyers, divorce lawyers and lawyers in other family law areas.

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