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Information for Parents
Parents and children (ages 0–18) come to the attention of the Dependency Court when Child Protective Services (CPS) files court paperwork alleging abuse and/or neglect according to
RCW 13.34.030 (6)
Dependency Court Hearings
A Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad litem (CASA/GAL) is appointed to represent the best interests of the child. The duties of the CASA/GAL are defined by
Reuniting Your Family: You Can Make It Happen
When a parent is not making progress, the court may order the State to file a
termination of parental rights petition
Information for Dependent Youth
Dependent youth, ages 12 and older, are encouraged to attend court hearings. They should contact their social worker and CASA/GAL to make sure arrangements are made.
Youth, ages 12 and older, have the right to request an attorney. Decisions about assigning attorneys for youth are made by the Judge or Commissioner. Youth who want to request an attorney should notify their social worker and/or CASA/GAL.
Information for Potential Volunteers
The need for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers is great. Nearly 700 children do not have a CASA. The
Everyday Heroes video
highlights CASA volunteers making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children.
What does a CASA do?
For more information, see
Dependency Supervisor SouthEAST Team
Ph: (253) 798-7930
Dependency Supervisor SouthWEST Team
Ph: (253) 798-7948
To report child abuse, call (800) 562-5624
Washington State CASA
What does “Dependency” mean?
When can I see my child(ren)?
How do I get an attorney?
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