When a child’s safety is called into question, Child Protective Services
(CPS) will sometimes step in and remove a child from their parents’
care. This action will often spark a
juvenile dependency case to determine if a child’s parents are able to provide a child
with suitable care. Depending on the outcome if this case, a child will
either be placed in another party’s care or returned to the care
of their parents if it is in the child’s best interests. These cases
are extremely serious, as their outcome can have a lasting impact on the
lives of the parents and the children involved.
CPS may remove a child under the following circumstances:
- The parents have a history of substance abuse
- There is evidence of neglectful or abusive behavior
- The child’s living situation is deemed unsanitary or hazardous
There is evidence of
- The parents have a history of mental illness
What Happens in a Juvenile Dependency Case?
When a child is removed from a home, CPS will file a petition with the
courts alleging whether there is actual or immediate danger to a child.
This petition can also be filed by a parent or other party with an interest
in the child’s wellbeing, such as a doctor, teacher, member of the
clergy, or referral from law enforcement. A detention hearing will be
held to determine if the child should be returned to the parents’ care.
If a child is not returned following this hearing, a judge will provide
the parents with instructions on how they can get help in order to be
reunited with their child. This usually involves participation in treatment
programs such as drug and alcohol treatment and counselling. If the parents
meet the court’s guidelines, reunification efforts will begin under
the supervision of a court representative. If not, the courts can implement
a permanent alternative plan for the child’s care, such as foster
care, adoption, guardianship, or other permanent living arrangement.
Contact a Skilled Riverside Juvenile Dependency Lawyer
Parents are entitled to retain legal representation during these proceedings
to represent their interests and advocate for their parental rights in
court. If your child has been removed by CPS, it is imperative you contact
Riverside family law attorney from Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich as soon as possible to maximize
your chances of maintaining an active presence in your child’s life.
With 50+ years of dedicated legal experience, your case is sure to be
in excellent hands.
To find out more about what our Certified Family Law Specialist can do for you,
contact our office online or call (951) 687-6003 today.