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300 Dependency Youth

Dependency Youth are youth who have been abused, neglected, and/or abandoned pursuant to Section 300 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
Youth and family may be involved with Children and Family Services for the following reasons:

  • The Dependency process begins:
    • When someone reports suspected child abuse or neglect
    • When a youth is left without support as a result of parents incarceration or institutionalization
    • When a parent is unwilling to provide care

300 Dependency Process:

  • An Investigation is completed by the Family and Children Services Department
  • A referral could be made to the Dependency Court and your child may need to appear in Dependency Court

Dual Jurisdiction:

  • A youth is a dependent under 300 W&I (a youth involved with Children and Family Services) and a Ward of the Court under 602 W&I (a youth who has committed a crime).
  • The goal of dual jurisdiction is to provide services that are in the best interest of the youth and to ensure the protection and safety of the youth/community.
  • Family and Children Services or Probation will take the lead on the youth’s case.

Crisis Resolution Center

  • Provides services to pre-delinquent youth and their families through a collaborative and integrated multi-disciplinary approach
  • The intent is to provide services to youth who are runaways, truants, beyond parental control, and youth who are at risk for committing law violations
  • The Crisis Resolution Center provides short term shelter care, crisis intervention counseling, and follow up outreach services
  • Contact the CRC

Crisis Resolution Center Services

  • Family reunification
  • Functional Family Therapy
  • Runaway shelter
  • Community service referrals
  • Diversion/prevention services