Dependency

CFCC is involved in many projects aimed at assisting courts hearing dependency cases. Staff provide technical assistance, legal information, training, and education to judges, attorneys, and system partners. Staff also produces publications and other resources for both professionals and court users. 

Child Welfare County Data Profiles for the Courts

The Child Welfare County Data Profiles for the Courts are a series of county-level reports that provide relevant information on the juvenile dependency caseload in California. The data contained in these reports are drawn primarily from publicly available data stored in California's child welfare data system (CWS/CMS). The reports have been designed to meet the data needs of judicial officers, court managers and court executives. Following a high-level data dashboard, these reports contain information on court caseloads, voluntary caseloads, juvenile dependency filings, family maintenance cases, numbers of children in foster care, foster care entries and exits, foster care placement types, in-care rates by race and ethnicity, reentries into foster care, time to adoption, permanent placement outcomes, and youth aging out of foster care. The reports, available as both PDF and Excel files, will be updated every six months.  

Alameda
PDF | XLS
Kings
PDF | XLS
Placer
PDF | XLS
Sierra
PDF | XLS
Alpine
PDF | XLS
Lake
PDF | XLS
Plumas
PDF | XLS
Siskiyou
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Amador
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Lassen
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Riverside 
PDF | XLS
Solano
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Butte
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Los Angeles
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Sacramento
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Sonoma
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Calaveras
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Madera
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San Benito
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Stanislaus
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Colusa
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Marin
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San Bernardino
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Sutter
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Contra Costa
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Mariposa
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San Diego
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Tehama
PDF | XLS
Del Norte
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Mendocino
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San Francisco
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Trinity
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El Dorado
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Merced
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San Joaquin
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Tulare
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Fresno
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Modoc
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San Luis Obispo
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Tuolumne
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Glenn
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Mono
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San Mateo
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Ventura
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Humboldt
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Monterey
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Santa Barbara
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Yolo
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Imperial
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Napa
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Santa Clara
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Yuba
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Inyo
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Nevada
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Santa Cruz
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Kern
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Orange
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Shasta
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Juvenile Dependency Counsel Collections Program

Below are resources to assist the trial courts in implementing the Juvenile Dependency Counsel Collections Program (JDCCP), which was established by the Judicial Council under the mandate of Welfare and Institutions Code section 903.47. The purpose of the JDCCP is to collect reimbursements for the cost of providing court-appointed counsel in juvenile dependency proceedings from parents and other responsible persons to the extent that those persons are able to pay. Resources available include guidelines and forms, reporting templates, cost models, and background information, and technical assistance from Center for Families, Children & the Courts staff.

Guidelines
The JDCCP guidelines adopted by the Judicial Council and inserted as Appendix F to the California Rules of Court by an amendment to rule 1.4(d), effective January 1, 2013, with amendments effective September 23, 2013.

Forms
Judicial Council forms approved for optional use, effective January 1, 2013, to assist courts in implementing the JDCCP.

Form

Date Revised

Description

JV-130-INFO

Jan 1, 2013

Paying for Lawyers in Dependency Court—Information for Parents and Guardians

JV-131

Jan 1, 2013

Order to Appear for Financial Evaluation

JV-132

Feb 20, 2014

Financial Declaration—Juvenile Dependency

JV-133

Jan 1, 2013

Recommendation Regarding Ability to Repay Cost of Legal Services

JV-134

Jan 1, 2013

Response to Recommendation Regarding Ability to Repay Cost of Legal Services

JV-135

Jan 1, 2013

Order for Repayment of Cost of Legal Services

JV-136

Jan 1, 2013

Juvenile Dependency—Cost of Appointed Counsel: Repayment Recommendation/Response/Order


Reporting Templates
The following templates should be used for the annual reporting requirements:

  • Cost Recovery Template
    This template is for reporting the collections costs incurred by the court under section 11.0 of the JDCCP Guidelines.
  • Annual Reporting Template
    This template is for reporting collections information under section 13.0 of the JDCCP Guidelines. This report is due annually on September 30th.
    • Supplemental Questions – JDCCP Implementation Review
      In addition to submitting an annual report showing FY 13-14 collections information, courts are asked to complete and submit this supplemental questionnaire to help Judicial Council staff evaluate the progress of the JDCCP’s local and statewide implementation, and examine the impact of the program on court workload and finances. Questionnaires may be completed in Microsoft Word or via a web-based survey.  Responders may select their preferred format below:

Additional Information

  • Uniform Cost Model
    A model for applying the regional rates for dependency-related legal services approved by the Judicial Council in 2007 and 2008 to determine the maximum cost of legal services allocable to an individual client in a particular county. Assistance in applying the model is available.
  • Flowchart
    A chart walking through the basic steps in determining a responsible person’s ability to pay reimbursement for the cost of dependency-related legal services and ordering reimbursement.

Judicial Council Reports

  • Judicial Council Report, October 28, 2014 Meeting
    The report to the Judicial Council recommending the adoption of the following items related to JDCCP:
    • An allocation of a one-time share of $525,139 remitted through the JDCCP in FY 2013-2014 to the trial courts, using the methodology adopted by the council on August 23, 2013 and plan to distribute the funding on a reimbursement basis; and
    • Notify the courts of remaining balances of JDCCP funding allocated in FY 2013-2014 and the amount of new allocations in FY 2014-2015 and allow allocations to carry forward to subsequent fiscal years.
  • Judicial Council Report, February 20, 2014 Meeting
    The report to the Judicial Council recommending the adoption of the following items related to JDCCP:
    • An allocation to courts of a one-time share of the $2.31 million in the Trial Court Trust Fund, using the methodology adopted by the council on August 23, 2013, and plan to distribute the funding on a reimbursement basis; and
    • Allow any of the $2.3 million allocation that is not distributed to a court in 2013–2014 to carry forward to subsequent fiscal years.  
  • Judicial Council Report, August 23, 2013 Meeting
    The report to the Judicial Council recommending the adoption of three substantive amendments to the Guidelines, including:
    • Specifying the timing and procedures under which courts might recover their eligible program implementation costs;
    • Establishing a transparent, equitable methodology for allocating collected reimbursements to the courts in conformity with statutory requirements; and
    • Incorporating changes to the authority of the financial evaluation officer made by Senate Bill 75. 
  • Judicial Council Report, October 26, 2012 Meeting
    The report to the Judicial Council discussing the rationale for the guidelines and forms and recommending their adoption or approval.

Technical Assistance
For customized technical assistance with program development and implementation, please contact jdccp@jud.ca.gov.

Projects and Programs

CFCC staff are involved in many projects aimed at improving the child welfare system. Links to those projects can be found below:

The California Blue Ribbon Commision on Children in Foster Care  is a multidisciplinary body charged with improving California’s juvenile dependency courts and foster care system and more recently have begun to address truancy and school discipline.  

The California Child Welfare Council (CWC) is a state advisory body working to improve outcomes for children and youth in California's child welfare system through increased collaboration and coordination among the programs, services, and processes administered by the multiple agencies and courts that serve them.

The Judicial Council’s Court Appointed Special Advocates Grants Program provides funding, technical assistance, evaluation, and training for CASA programs in California. For more information, see the CASA publications.

Dependency Representation, Administration, Funding, and Training Program (DRAFT)
The DRAFT program addresses critical trial court needs with respect to attorney quality, availability, and cost through the establishment of partnerships between participating courts and the AOC.

Judicial Resources and Technical Assistance (JRTA)
The JRTA project is designed to improve the lives of foster children and their families by focusing on child safety, legal permanency, and child and family well-being when conducting juvenile court case file reviews and courtroom observations for compliance with state and federal laws.

Resources for Attorneys, Court Staff, and Other Professionals

California Dependency Online Guide (CalDOG)
CalDOG is a website that provides dependency-related case law, legal materials, articles and other resources to California attorneys, judicial officers, social workers, tribal representatives, CASAs, and other child welfare professionals. It provides access to high-quality, up-to-date information for professionals working in California’s dependency system and ensures that attorneys practicing anywhere in the state are able to complete the statutory training required to be eligible to accept appointment as counsel for parents or children. For more information, view the CalDOG postcard and fact sheet. Subscriptions are free and available to professionals working in the field of juvenile dependency. Log in or subscribe here.

Dependency Flow Chart
This flow chart outlines how a dependency case moves through the court system.

The Dependency Quick Guide: A Dogbook for Attorneys Representing Children and Parents (Second Edition)
A practice guide, legal primer and process resource for dependency attorneys. Includes descriptions of each hearing type, fact sheets on key dependency concepts such as education law, ICWA and parentage, and summaries of seminal cases. Also included are checklists, black letter discussion, and tips to assist attorneys in their practice.

Juvenile Dependency Mediation Curriculum
Pursuant to California Rule of Court 5.518, dependency mediators in California 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.

Juvenile Dependency Mediation: Permanency Toolkit
This video highlights the multiple benefits of juvenile dependency mediation through interviews with both California and nationwide judges, attorneys, mediators and other professionals, and it provides the viewer with snapshots of the mediation process.

Juvenile Dependency: The Video Game
Designed to provide attorneys with a virtual idea of what it is like to function as an attorney who represents parents and children in juvenile dependency cases. This day-in-the-life experience takes the user through three levels: the Interview room, the Courtroom and the Office. At each level, the attorney is met with challenges typically faced by attorneys each day. Depending upon a player's answers and choices, the player can earn points, be promoted or burn out and quit. Playing the entire game will earn an attorney two (2) hours of MCLE credit. To receive a copy of the video game, email dependencyguide@jud.ca.gov or call (415) 865-4564.

Resources for Parents, Children, and Caregivers

Caregivers and the Courts (2000)
This is a primer on juvenile dependency proceedings for California foster parents and relative caregivers. Also available in Spanish.

Emancipation Pamphlet (1995)
This pamphlet provides basic information about emancipation proceedings.

Dependency Court: How It Works JV-055 (2001)
Juvenile Court Information for Parents (Dependency) JV-050 (1999)

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.

Juvenile Dependency Court Orientation Video (2013)
This 13 minute video explains the dependency court process to parents who have had children removed from their care. It describes detention, jurisdiction, disposition, and review hearings.

Juvenile Dependency Mediation: Permanency Toolkit (2008)
This video highlights the multiple benefits of juvenile dependency mediation through interviews with both California and nationwide judges, attorneys, mediators and other professionals, and it provides the viewer with snapshots of the mediation process.

California Courts Online Self-Help Center
For detailed information on the juvenile dependency court process, forms, and information for parents, visit the Self-Help Guide to Dependency Court.

Together Again: A Day of Celebration
(2013)
This book, written from a child’s perspective, seeks to describe the challenges that face children and families going through the dependency process, and celebrate the important accomplishments of parents and the professionals that support them in their efforts toward reunification.
Together Again: A Day of Celebration (for color printing)
Together Again: A Day of Celebration (for b/w printing)
Certificate of Reunification

Voices From Within: Experiences of California Court Employees With the Foster Care System  (2007)
This booklet highlights the experiences, both good and bad, of people working in the courts who have been there and now lead successful lives, as well as those of foster parents and others who have a connection to the foster care system.

What Happens After Your Dependency Case is Dismissed?
This brochure provides information on custody, visitation, and child support.
English (8.5" x 14" Format) or 8.5" x 11" Format 
Spanish (8.5' x 14" Format)

Research and Reports

California Juvenile Dependency Court Improvement Program Reassessment, Full Report(2005)

California Juvenile Dependency Court Improvement Program Reassessment, Summary (2005)

California's Children: Their California's Children: Their Story in Numbers(2003)

Dependency Counsel Caseload Standards: A Report to the California Legislature(2008)

Draft Model Local Rules of Court

Dual-Status Children: Protocols for Implementing Assembly Bill 129 – A Report to the California Legislature (2007)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Fact Sheet (2011)

Implementation Guide to Juvenile Dependency Court Performance Measures (2009)

Sharing Information About Children in Foster Care - Message From the Chair (2010)

Statement on Data Sharing, California's Child Welfare Council (2009)

Sharing Information About Children in Foster Care: Health Care (2010)

Sharing Information About Children in Foster Care: Education (2010)

Sharing Information About Children in Foster Care: Mental Health Care (2010)

Sharing Information About Children in Foster Care: Substance Abuse Treatment (2010)

Sharing Information About Children in Foster Care: Child Welfare Agency Files (2014)

Stat Sheet: Court-Based Juvenile Dependency Mediation(2003)

Research Update: Background of Judicial Officers in Juvenile Dependency (2005)

Research Update: California Juvenile Dependency Data (2005)

Research Update: California Juvenile Dependency Data (2003)

Research Update: Court-Based Juvenile Dependency Mediation (2003)

Research Update: Juvenile Dependency Mediation in California: An Overview (February 2012)

Video


Juvenile Dependency Court Orientation

An introduction to the court process for parents who have had children removed from their care.
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