Court Hearings for the Permanent Placement of Children - Guam

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Schedule of Hearings

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 19, § 13322

A progress hearing shall be held as follows:

  • No later than 6 months after an order of disposition
  • Thereafter, at least every 6 months until the court's jurisdiction has been terminated or permanent custody achieved

Persons Entitled to Attend Hearings

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 19, § 13322

Notice of the hearing shall be sent to the following:

  • The parties
  • Present or former foster parents

Determinations Made at Hearings

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 19, §§ 13322; 13324

At the progress hearing the court shall determine the following:

  • Whether the family has complied with, performed, and completed, if possible, the terms and conditions of the disposition order
  • Whether the family is willing and able to provide the child with a safe home
  • Whether the proposed permanency plan is in the best interests of the child
  • If the child is age 12 or older, whether he or she is supportive of the permanency plan

Permanency Options

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 19, § 13324

Permanency options include the following:

  • Return to the parent
  • Adoption
  • Placement of the child in the permanent custody of the family or persons who have been as family to the child but are unable to adopt the child
  • Placement of the child in the permanent custody of an authorized agency until the child is adopted or reaches age 18