Juvenile Dependency Programs

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The description of the programs below represent efforts by individual trial courts to enhance access
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Juvenile Mediation Program – San Mateo Superior Court
The Juvenile Mediation Program provides mediation services to parties in both Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Dependency matters. The Juvenile Delinquency program conducts restorative justice mediations between youth offenders and their victims to establish accountability of the offender in addressing the harm to the victimized party. The Juvenile Dependency program conducts mediation for various conflicts between parents, extended family members, caregivers, dependents, siblings, service providers, and social workers to support and preserve placements and relationships that support the best interests of the children. Both programs also provide mediations between parents and their children specifically to address issues around communication, boundaries, friends and associates, activities and household relationships, and responsibilities.

Netflix - Juvenile Dependency Matters - Merced Superior Court
The Court, in partnership with the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), provides Netflix to children involved in juvenile dependency matters. The Court’s Netflix account displays only children’s shows/movies and blocks adult titles. CASA advocates or a member of the Juvenile Division supervises the children that are waiting for their court proceeding in the courtroom waiting room.

Related Programs

Community Outreach: Tribal Alliance - Riverside Superior Court
This collaboration strives to develop culturally appropriate services to minimize court and county intervention and increase tribal participation in issues involving Native American children and families.

Technology/Digital Court Programs: eCase eXchange - Riverside Superior Court
eCase eXchange is a web-based program, accessed through a secured website, that allows authorized staff to upload and encrypt PDF versions of case files, generate electronic certifications, and produce receipts for record automatically.

Tribal-State: CASA Volunteer Cross Assignment Appointments in Tribal and State Court - Imperial Superior Court and the Quechan Tribal Court
The Quechan Tribal Court and Imperial Superior Court CASA Volunteer Appointments program allows for CASA volunteers to be sworn in by the tribal court and the state court, who can follow a child despite the separate jurisdictions of the two courts.

Tribal-State: Access to Higher Education - Fresno Superior Court
A free annual event for youth in foster care that provides resources and information for attending college and specialized job training.

Tribal-State: Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Stakeholders Roundtable - Los Angeles Superior Court
A stakeholders' roundtable created to bring together all Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) stakeholders in Los Angeles for quarterly meetings in an effort to improve relations, increase effective communication, work on collaborative projects, improve long standing issues, and overall provide better potential outcomes for Native American families.