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Juvenile Dependency Cases

West Covina Juvenile Dependency Attorney – (626) 827-7222

When the state of California believes you cannot safely or consistently provide for your child, the Department of Child and Family Services (CFS) may arrange for a juvenile dependency court hearing. During this specialized hearing, a judge, not a jury, will decide whether you are permitted to remain the parent of your child, or if a foster care family will take them in. How you approach the situation will make a huge impact on not just your life for years to come, but that of your child’s as well.

Come to Coimbra Law Firm in West Covina and let award-winning attorney Joe Coimbra act on your behalf. He is highly skilled in juvenile dependency court representation with a particular focus on welfare and institutions code (WIC) 388 petitions. If you are worried the CFS may take your child away due to your unstable financial situation, call (626) 827-7222 to connect with our juvenile dependency attorney today.

What Can a WIC 388 Petition Do?

In a situation in which the CFS has already removed your child from your immediate custody due to suspicions of neglect rooted in financial instability or welfare, a Welfare and Institutions Code 388 Petition may be used. You can use this petition as either the parent of your child, or another party with a legitimate and legal interest in the child’s wellbeing, such as a relative.

A WIC 388 petition is meant to:

  • Modify a CFS court order, whether the case is open or closed
  • Terminate legal guardianship, such as that granted to another interested party
  • Reinstate family reunification, or reunite yourself and your child
  • Modify a visitation order
  • Alter orders related to family counseling, random drug testing, etc.

How to File a WIC 388 Petition & Afterwards

To file a Welfare and Institutions Code 388 Petition, you must begin by completing a juvenile dependency petition and/or a modification petition attached. The responding juvenile dependency court expects to see clear and reasonable information presented as to why you are interested in the wellbeing of the child. Without the right explanation, the petition can be denied upfront. This is where the representation of our West Covina juvenile dependency court lawyer becomes so crucial. We have the knowledge and legal experience to know what the court will want to see in your petition and why.

Once we complete the petitions together, we can create copies of these forms for our records, your records, and the court’s own use. You can then depend on us to file the paperwork in the correct court and provide representation for any responses as they come from the court. Ideally, a hearing will be scheduled, during which we can represent you and further explain your situation to the court. It is our absolute goal to do everything we can to reunite you with your children or prevent your separation, all while ensuring your children’s best interests are upheld.

Get more information about representation before a juvenile dependency court now. Just call (626) 827-7222 to arrange an initial consultation.

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