This course provides an overview of the functions of juvenile dependency court as well as the purposes and procedures of each type of dependency court hearing. It also defines the roles and responsibilities of each party in the court process, including that of the child welfare worker.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain due process as it applies to juvenile dependency court proceedings
  • Identify the purposes, time frames and standards of evidence that pertain to various types of court hearings such as detention, jurisdiction, disposition and status reviews
  • Recognize various legal concepts and practices as they apply to child welfare, including best interest of the child and parental rights, standing before the court and defacto parent status, confidentiality and legal definitions
  • Describe permanency options for dependent children
  • Describe the child welfare worker’s role in the court room as well as other players involved
  • Identify basic principles for working effectively with attorneys and judicial staff

This course provides participants with a basic understanding of the juvenile court system and their role as child welfare workers.


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