Child Abuse and Neglect
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This category covers the legal issue of child abuse and neglect, which is defined as any type of physical, psychological, or sexual harm inflicted upon a child by a caregiver, or any action or inaction that results in serious harm to a child's health, development, or wellbeing.
This information covers the juvenile court system and how it may have jurisdiction over cases involving children who are under the age of 18 and who are alleged to have committed a delinquent act or status offense. Additionally, the juvenile court may have jurisdiction over child custody cases in certain situations.
In some cases, there may be a need for a court order relating to child custody before the other parent or party can be heard before the Court. A custody order entered before the other party has an opportunity to respond is called "ex parte," and they are available in limited, usually emergency, circumstances.
This information covers extended foster care, which is a program designed to support young people as they transition from foster care to adulthood. This information covers the range of services and resources to help youth become self-sufficient and achieve their goals through extended foster care.
This resource explains when the law allows a party to ask for a change in a custody judgment. It discusses the differences between changing a consent versus considered judgment of custody. This resource goes over the process to change a consent child custody judgment.
This information is about Child In Need Of Care (CINC) cases and how they are handled. In these cases, the court decides that a child needs help and support to make sure they are safe and well. This guide helps you understand CINC cases, why they exist, and how decisions are made to take care of children who need help.