Juvenile dependency court hears cases involving children who have allegedly been abused, neglected, or inadequately cared for. The laws governing dependency court can be found within the California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC § 300 et seq.).
Unlike delinquency or status offender proceedings (where the principal focus is on the conduct of the minor), dependency court proceedings are to ensure the safety and well-being of children. The law states that dependency court has an obligation to protect minors within its jurisdiction.
All juvenile matters are confidential pursuant to WIC § 827. Therefore, no information can be released over the phone because photo identification cannot be verified. This would include acknowledging there is a juvenile case matter or file on record.
Children and Family Services
Children and Family Services (CFS) is a department within San Bernardino County dedicated to protecting and promoting the well-being of abused, neglected or exploited children in our county. CFS values collaboration with community agencies and private citizens to accomplish our mission of protecting children and promoting their well-being.
Entering the System/Parent’s Information
If you or someone in your family will need to appear in Juvenile Dependency Court, here is some basic information to prepare you for what comes next.
Forms/Copy and Record Search
Access forms used in Juvenile Court, and find out more about the process for obtaining juvenile court records.
The circumstances of a dependency case will determine when and which type of dependency hearing will take place.
Dependency Court FAQs
Find answers to the most common questions concerning juvenile dependency cases.