About the Juvenile Department

The Juvenile Department focuses on the welfare of children and families by ensuring families have support and resources to meet their fullest potential. The department supports dependency, child welfare, delinquency, guardianships, adoptions, and emancipations.

Adoptions

Adoptions

Adoption provides children who are in need of a stable, loving home with the opportunity to grow up in a nurturing environment.

Guardianships

Guardianships

The court can appoint child guardians while a parent is not able to. These can be done through a dependency case or through a Title 14 consent-based.

Dependency

Dependency

A dependent youth is one who lacks parental care and/or self-control or lives in a home with abuse, neglect, or other challenges. This type of hearings are to help families come together for the best interest of the child.

Emancipations

Emancipations

For minors who are eligible, the court provides emancipation services to allow them full legal rights and responsibilities of adulthood.

Delinquency

Delinquency

Providing assistance, correction, and education to minors seeking success as a law-abiding citizen.

Severance

Severance

Severance refers to the termination of the parent-child relationship between a parent/legal guardian and a child. Severance/termination of parental rights is required for a child to be adopted by a new parent.

Injunctions Against Harassment (JP)

Injunctions Against Harassment (JP)

If the defendant is under 12 years of age, the injunction against harassment or order of protection must be filed in the Juvenile Department.

Juvenile Department Additional Resources

The Juvenile Access Communication Exchange (JAX) provides the ability for parents/guardians in an active dependency matter to:

  • View information about their case
  • View hearing dates and locations
  • View a list of case documents filed
  • View documents uploaded by parties from October 1, 2020 forward
  • Update contact information
  • Review information on Court Resources

Details about how to access JAX are available in this brochure (link). Access to JAX requires that a valid email address is on file with the Clerk of Court. If you are a parent in an active case and need to add or update your email address, please visit the Law Library for details on how to file it with the Clerk of Court.

 

Topic information For adoption matters, fingerprint card payments must be made via a $22.00 cashier's check or money order payable to the Department of Public Safety (DPS). The Clerk and Court will not accept checks payable to the Clerk of Court for fingerprints. Any fingerprints submitted with incorrect payments will be rejected and returned.

If you are submitting one payment for fingerprint cards for multiple people, that check or money order must have the appropriate multiple of $22. For example, one payment for fingerprint cards for seven (7) people would be $154.

If your original fingerprint card was rejected due to low quality prints, you will not be charged for an additional set of fingerprints.

For eFiling or records requests please visit the Clerk of the Superior Court.

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