Families and Children

This section includes resources and program information in the areas of Family and Juvenile law.  It also includes conference materials and a comprehensive list of publications produced by the Center for Families, Children and the Courts (CFCC).

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The Effects of Complex Trauma on Youth: Implications for School Discipline and Court-Involved Youth. This briefing provides an overview of the impact of trauma exposure on children’s development and the implications for both juvenile court and educational settings. Learn more About Truancy & School Discipline.

The Juvenile Dependency Court and You – A Guide for Parents
This guide describes the dependency court process in California. It also includes the story of one parent who went through the dependency system and her advice to you on how to get your children back home. Printable versions in black and white and color are available. The Guide to Dependency Court has more information on what happens to juvenile custody orders when your case is over.

Juvenile Dependency Mediation Resources
Pursuant to California Rule of Court 5.518, dependency mediators must complete at least 40 hours of initial dependency mediation training before or within 12 months of starting dependency mediation work and receive 12 hours of continuing education each year. This curriculum has been developed specifically for training juvenile dependency mediators. It covers the subject areas referenced in the rule of court and contains training plans, power points, handouts and other references. A companion resource is the Juvenile Dependency Mediation: Permanency Toolkit which is a short video that highlights the multiple benefits of juvenile dependency mediation. It includes interviews with both California and nationwide judges, attorneys, mediators and other professionals, and it provides the viewer with snapshots of the mediation process. More resources can be found on the Juvenile Dependency page.

Family Law

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Contact Info

Center for Families, Children & the Courts
Judicial and Court Operations Services Division
Judicial Council of California - Administrative Office of the Courts
455 Golden Gate Avenue, 6th Floor
San Francisco, California

Fax: 415-865-7217
E-mail: cfcc@jud.ca.gov
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