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The Court Process
Preliminary Protective Hearing
To determine temporary custody, services and placement.
To attempt resolution of any ongoing issues such as the dependency itself, services, placement and visitation.
To determine if any of the allegations in the petition are true and justify continued court intervention.
To review the long-term plan for the child, which includes placement, services and future reviews.
Report and Review Hearing
To review progress or lack thereof in the case. If necessary, the Court will also make changes to the case plan and issue needed orders. These hearings are typically held every two to six months.
To determine a permanent plan for the child with respect to placement and parents. This hearing must be held within 12 months of the initial finding of dependency.
Termination of Parental Rights Hearing
To determine if the rights of the parent should be terminated in order to free the child for adoption.
To place the child with an adoptive family for permanent care.
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