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The Juvenile Department envisions a community free from crime, where every child is empowered to reach his or her full potential with the loving support of a functional, safe and permanent family.
The mission of the Juvenile Department is to fairly and impartially decide cases and administer justice through the comprehensive delivery of services to children and families, victims of crime and the community so that: children reach their full potential; victims of crime are restored; and families and the community function in the best interest of children.
One of the services the Juvenile Department oversees is adoption related cases.
Any person interested in the welfare of a minor may petition the court for appointment of a Title 14 guardian.
The Juvenile Department has delinquency jurisdiction over children and juveniles from age 8 until their 18th birthday.
A dependency is a decision by the Juvenile Department that a child is in need of effective care and control and that all parents are unable or unwilling to provide proper care and control.
On August 12, 2005, an Arizona law went into effect that permits minors who are at least 16 but not yet 18, to apply to be emancipated or to be declared legally an adult. The minor must prove they are financially self-sufficient and able to provide their own food, housing and medical care without parental assistance.
Community Services Unit
The vision of the Community Services Unit is to focus available resources within and ancillary to the Juvenile Court to provide services to children, families and the Juvenile Court Judiciary, through collaboration among the Maricopa County Juvenile Probation Department, the Maricopa County Juvenile Department Administration, CPS and the regional behavioral health provider.
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