300 Dependency Minors
are minors who have been abused, neglected, and/or abandoned pursuant to Section 300 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
Minor and family involved with Children and Family Services for the following reasons
- The Dependency process begins:
- when someone reports suspected child abuse or neglect
- when a minor is left without support as a result of parents incarceration or institutionalization
- parent 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.
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 minors who are runaways, truants, beyond parents control and minors 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.
Crisis Resolution Center Services
- Family reunification
- Functional Family Therapy
- Runaway shelter
- Community service referrals
- Diversion/prevention services
- A youth is a dependent under 300 W&I (a minor involved with Children and Family Services) and a Ward of the Court under 602 W&I (a minor 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 minor’s case.