General Membership Meeting and
Continuing Education Training
– Order in the Court –
The Ventura County Foster Parent Association
Thursday, November 21, 2013 7pm to 9pm
– 2 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT –
FREE CHILD CARE PROVIDED
“THE REST OF THE STORY – ORDER IN THE COURT”
This second training, in our nine-part series, is taking a microscopic investigation on the workings of how a child’s case moves through the courts when they first come in to the foster care system. You will have the opportunity to meet and talk with all the Agency workers, Attorneys including court personnel and the new Judge.
“Would you like to meet all the folks who are working hard for you in the courtroom?”
This will be a primer on all proceedings for Foster Parents and foster kids. We will look at how a case gets to court, the initial / detention hearing, Jurisdiction hearing and the Disposition hearing. What do all these hearings mean? While the initial hearing happened rather quickly, usually care providers do not have enough information to share with the court worker. You will learn what information to keep and who to share it with before the next hearing.
The decisions that are made at the disposition hearing will focus on the biological parents’ ability to provide care for the child and ongoing services that child and family need in order for reunification to take place. In some cases caregivers have had the child in their home for a while and we again may have information about the child’s needs that could assist the court. Should the care provider attend all these hearings? Should the new placement attend these sessions? During this time what else is happening with the child’s case? Who is the social worker? Will there by visits during this time? What information does the agency need to know about the kids we have in care?
As foster parents or relative caregivers we are an important member of the team caring for a dependent child. We may have valuable information that would help the court make its decisions. If we want our information to have the greatest chance of being heard by the court, it is important that we have an understanding of the legal issues the court workers and judge face at different types of hearing about the children. How to access whether certain information is appropriate for the court process, and how best to present it to the court. By providing the juvenile court with current, detailed information, we can help the court to make the best possible decisions about the child in our care.
Child Care: Will be provided for free for those attending who RSVP by contacting Channel Islands Social Services at 805.384.0983 no later than Monday, November 18, 2013
When: November 21, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00pm
Where: Living Oaks Church, Kids and Students Center, 1077 Business Center Circle, Newbury Park, CA
Have a Question?: Contact Dr. Kim Lockwood – 805.657.5655
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Exiting 101 Freeway South
Exit Wendy Drive – Turn right at end of off-ramp which will bring you back over the freeway. Make left at next traffic signal. Make immediate left onto Grande Vista Drive. Make right on Business Center Circle and the Kids and Students Center will be on your left at 1077 Business Center Circle.
Exiting 101 Freeway North
Exit Wendy Drive – Continue straight through intersection at the end of off-ramp. Once through the intersection, make immediate left onto Grande Vista Drive. Make right on Business Center Circle and Kids and Students Center will be on your left at 1077 Business Center Circle.