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Understanding Child Welfare and the Courts
Series: Factsheets for Families|
Child Welfare Information Gateway. |
|Year Published: 2011|
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Families involved with the child welfare system may have some involvement with the court—in most States, this occurs in a family or juvenile court. This factsheet is designed to serve as a quick guide to the general types of court hearings that a family may experience, and it traces the steps of a child welfare case through the court system.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Court Hearings in Child Welfare Cases
Who Should Attend Hearings and Reviews?
Child Welfare Laws in Your State
Questions to Ask the Child Welfare Caseworker About Court Hearings
Resources to Help Prepare a Child or Youth for Court
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Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2011). Understanding child welfare and the courts. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
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