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.
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.
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.