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Overview of Child Protection Process. Presented to: Task Force on Child Protection August 3, 2007 Bill Navas Office of Attorney General 13 th Judicial Circuit. Initial response to a call from the Hotline. CPI conducts on site investigation Result: No action required

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Overview of Child Protection Process

Presented to:

Task Force on Child Protection

August 3, 2007

Bill Navas

Office of Attorney General

13th Judicial Circuit


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Initial response to a call from the Hotline

  • CPI conducts on site investigation

  • Result:

    • No action required

    • Voluntary services offered

    • Judicial intervention and/or removal


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If a child is removed,

  • A shelter hearing must be held within 24 hours

  • An Early Services Intervention Staffing is held to identify the service needs of the child and family

  • In consultation with a Child Welfare Legal Services attorney, a Dependency Petition is filed


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Options for Placement of a Child

  • An approved adult relative

  • A licensed shelter/foster home

  • An approved non-relative


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Prior to approving relative or non-relative placements,

  • A Homestudy is required to evaluate each caregiver’s capacity to provide a safe, stable and supportive home environment for the child, and

  • Background checks are required (including fingerprints, local law enforcement, FDLE, NCIC, DJJ, and abuse reports)


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Placement Supervision Requirements

The caseworker must visit with the child

and the caregiver in the home:

  • Prior to disposition, every 7 days

  • After disposition, every 30 days

  • Frequency of caseworker visits can be increased if the situation warrants


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If parents admit or consent to the allegations in the Dependency Petition, then

  • The child is adjudicated dependent

  • A Guardian ad Litem is appointed by the court to represent the child’s best interests

  • A Disposition Hearing is held


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If the parents deny the allegations,

  • The case is set for an Adjudicatory Hearing, and

  • If the court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that the child was abused or neglected, the child is adjudicated dependent


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Once the child is adjudicated dependent,

  • A Disposition Hearing is held

  • The court determines the most appropriate protections, services and placement setting for the child

  • The Case Plan is approved


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Judicial Reviews

  • Are held to review the child’s status and the parents’ progress towards the goal, objectives and tasks of the case plan

  • Are held at least every six months until the court terminates supervision, or

  • Are held every 90 days if the child is in residential treatment


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Permanency Review Hearing

  • Is held no later than 12 months after the date the child was sheltered

  • At this hearing, the court makes a determination of the child’s permanency goal, in order of priority


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Permanency Goals

In order of priority are:

  • Reunification

  • Adoption

  • Permanent Guardianship

  • Permanent Placement with a Fit and Willing Relative

  • Placement in Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement


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