Guide to Child Welfare Issues in Los Angeles

What is dependency court?

Dependency Court cases involve the Group of Childrenprotection of children that have been or are at risk of being abused, neglected, or abandoned. The Dependency Court is one of two courts within the Juvenile Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court, which deals with cases that involve children under 18 years old.

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, or abandonment, and files such cases as the “petitioner” in the Dependency Court.

Where do I go for dependency court hearings?

All dependency hearings are heard at:

Central Juvenile District
Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court
201 Centre Plaza Dr.
Monterey Park, CA 91754

What resources are available within the court?

  • Parents in Partnership – facilitate support groups for parents who have children currently living under DCFS’ supervision, in-home or out-of-home
  • 211 – connects you with services you or your children need, including help with child welfare issues
  • Grandparents as Parents – support groups for people who act as parents to their grandchildren
  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) – pairs a child with trained volunteers to help advocate for them
  • Shelter care – Shelter care is the place where children coming to court without their parents are taken care of throughout their time in court and before they are seen by their judge.


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