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The court must review the status of the dependency case once every ______ months but can hold review more often. The first review must happen no later than ________ days after the disposition of approval of the case plan.



Before each judicial review, DCF must provides lol the parties and file with the court a ________________________________________ that provides information about the parents' progress and the child's well-being.

Judicial review social services report (JRSSR)


What decisions are made by the Judge at the Judicial Review?

1. Has DCF made reasonable efforts to achieve the goals of the case?
2. Have the parents substantially complied with the case plan?
3. Is the child in an appropriate placement? (Always revisit)
4. Should the permanency goals be changed? (Always revisit)
5. What additional services or obligations need to be added to the case plan?


During Judicial Review, if the parents have not complied to such an extent that further progress is unlikely and reunification is no longer in the best interest of the child, the Judge may order DCF to file a petition to _______________________________.

Terminate the parents' rights


What are Citizen Review Panels and what do they do?

Rather than appear before a judge, it is possible to have the case reviewed by a group of citizens who make recommendations to the judge without a formal court hearing. This process has to be approved by the parties.


What is a 17 year old Review? What is the purpose?

If the child is in foster care when he or she is 17, there has to be a special hearing conducted just on his or her needs. The purpose is to make sure that the system is doing what is obligated to do to help the child live independently at 18. The child should also be given the option to remain in extended foster care until the age of 21.


What is a Permanency Hearing? When does it occur? What if reunification is no longer likely?

After a child has been in care 12 months, there has to be a hearing to decide when the child will achieve permanency and, if there has been little progress, whether the goal needs to be changed. If reunification is no longer likely, the court has to order the case move toward termination of parental rights so a child can have a permanent home and not languish in foster care.