Chapter 46

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Policy Manual:  Superior Court for Juvenile Matters

Topic / Number

Introduction  46-2

Authority of the Superior Court for Juvenile Matters 46-3-3

The Role of the Superior Court for Juvenile Matters and DCF  46-3-4

Mediation and Family Case Conferencing  46-3-4.1

Staff Roles and Responsibilities for Court Activities  46-3-5

Glossary of Terms  46-3-6

Petitioning the Court  46-3-7

Preparing, Approving, Filing, and Tracking Petitions  46-3-8

Types of Petitions and Motions  46-3-9

Neglect Petitions  46-3-10

Paternity  46-3-11

Reasonable Efforts Before Filing a Petition  46-3-12

Affidavit Seeking Out-of-Home Placement of Child  46-3-13

Summary of Facts  46-3-14

Social Study  46-3-15

 Custody Affidavit  46-3-16

Motion for Order of Notice, Certified Mail  46-3-17

Diligent Search Affidavit for Parent’s Identity and Location  46-3-18

Order of Temporary Custody with Neglect Petition  46-3-19

Social Worker Affidavit for Order of Temporary Custody  46-3-19.1

Order of Temporary Custody With Previous Petition  46-3-19-2

Case Management Conference - OTC and Order to Appear  46-3-19-4

Protective Supervision  46-3-20

Petition for Termination of Parental Rights  46-3-21.1

Termination of Parental Rights – Reasonable Efforts to Reunify  46-3-21.2

Poor Reasons to Delay Filing for TPR  46-3-21.3

Risks in Delaying the Filing for TPR   46-3-21.4

TPR:  Developing Strong Termination Cases  46-3-21.5

Filing Coterminous Petitions  46-3-21.6

Termination of Parental Rights – Summary of Facts

Motion for Review of Permanency Plan  46-3-22

Study in Support of Permanency Plan and to Maintain/Revoke Commitment - Transfer of Guardianship   46-3-22.1

Format For Study in Support of Permanency Plan/Maintain/Revoke Commitment - Transfer of Guardianship  46-3-22.1A  (Attachment A)

Motion to Maintain Commitment  46-3-23

Motion to Revoke Commitment and Motion to Transfer Guardianship  46-3-24

Motion to Transfer Permanent Guardianship  46-3-24.1

Mandated Reports to the Court for child for Whom DCF is the Statutory Parent   46-3-25

Other Motions  46-3-26

Status Reports 46-3-27 

Amending Petitions  46-3-28

Required Documentation for Court Proceedings  46-3-29

Service of Process Introduction  46-3-30.1

  • General Procedures  46-3-30.2
  • For Neglect Petitions Without an OTC  46-3-30.3
  • For a Neglect Petition with an OTC or an Order to Appear  46-3-30.4
  • For an OTC or an Order to Appear When a Neglect Petition Was Previously Filed 46-3-30.5
  • For a Termination of Parental Rights Petition  46-3-30.6
  • For Coterminous Petitions with Order of Temporary Custody  46-3-30.8
  • Publication in Newspaper  46-3-30.11
  • Certified Mail  46-3-30.12
  • Return of Service  46-3-30-13

Families With Service Needs (FWSN)  46-3-31

Youth in Crisis (YIC)  46-3-32

Appendix of Court Related Forms  46-3-33

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