Experienced Juvenile Dependency Attorneys in Orange County California
Juvenile Dependency proceedings in Orange County California are heard at the Orange County Superior Juvenile Court at Lamoreaux Justice Center. The Juvenile Dependency Attorney in Orange County CA explains that a Juvenile Dependency matter starts when either child protective services or law enforcement places the children in protective custody because of abuse or neglect. If immediate danger is not found the minor children may be allowed to remain in the home of parents, relatives or friends pending the outcome of the dependency matter. If there is immediate danger the children will be placed in foster care. Foster care can be a group home, with a foster family or Orangewood until the detention hearing.
At the detention hearing an attorney can be appointed for the mother, father as well as the children. A future hearing date will be set as well as orders for visitation with the children. The matter will then have a 6-12-18 month review hearing set.
The objective of the dependency system is to attempt to keep families together if possible. Reunification services will be offered to the parents such as parenting classes, counseling, or drug and alcohol programs. If reunification is not possible then the Juvenile Court will terminate the parental relationship and free the children for adoption. The Dependency law in California is in the Welfare and Institutions Code § 300, et. seq.
Need a Free Consultation with a Juvenile Dependency Attorney in Orange County CA
If you need a Juvenile Dependency attorney call Yanez & Associates for a free consultation. We handle cases in all of Orange County, Los Angeles County and parts of Riverside County. Attorney Thomas Connor has over 40 years of experience working the Orange County and Los Angeles courts. Call now 714-971-8000 or complete the form to your right to schedule your free consultation.