Juvenile Dependency Court is part of the Unified Family Court of the San Francisco Superior Court. It hears cases about children who are abused or neglected. The law states that the Juvenile Dependency Court must protect the children in juvenile court. Read the laws for this court: Welfare and Institutions Code sections 300.
The Court tries to keep children with their families and make the families stronger. The Court will take a child from the parents if necessary for the child's well being and safety. If the Court takes a child from the home, the Court will work with the family and the child to improve the home conditions so the child can move back home. If the Court takes a child away from the family, the Court will make sure that someone has custody of the child. The children will get the care and discipline they need to be safe and protected.
Juvenile Dependency Local Forms (scoll down to locate forms for the Juvenile Dependency Court)