Information for Parents
- Parents and children (ages 0–18) come to the attention of the Dependency Court when Child Protective Services (CPS) files court paperwork alleging abuse and/or neglect according to RCW 13.34.030 (6).
- Dependency Court Hearings
- A Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad litem (CASA/GAL) is appointed to represent the best interests of the child. The duties of the CASA/GAL are defined by statute.
- Reuniting Your Family: You Can Make It Happen
- When a parent is not making progress, the court may order the State to file a termination of parental rights petition.
Information for Dependent Youth
- Dependent youth, ages 12 and older, are encouraged to attend court hearings. They should contact their social worker and CASA/GAL to make sure arrangements are made.
- Youth, ages 12 and older, have the right to request an attorney. Decisions about assigning attorneys for youth are made by the Judge or Commissioner. Youth who want to request an attorney should notify their social worker and/or CASA/GAL.
Information for Potential Volunteers
The need for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers is great. Nearly 700 children do not have a CASA. The Everyday Heroes video highlights CASA volunteers making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children.
What does a CASA do?
For more information, see Volunteer Services.