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Dependency Benchbook

This benchbook is a compilation of promising and science-informed practices as well as a legal resource guide. It is a comprehensive tool for judges, providing information regarding legal and non-legal considerations in dependency cases.

Dependency Court Improvement Program grants from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, support this project. 

Sections of the benchbook are as follows:

  1. Overview: What is the Benchbook? Why Use the Benchbook? How to Use the Benchbook
  1. Dependency Cases in the Context of Unified Family Court (UFC)
  1. Unified Family Court Issues that Occur in Dependency Cases
  1. Family-Centered Practice

* Family Time/Visitation Protocols – Revised 2012

  1. Service and Treatment Considerations

For Children:

For Parents:

  1. Child Safety Considerations
  1. Five Federal Laws and the National Compact
  1. General Legal Issues
  1. Dependency Hearing Benchcards
  1. Front Pocket Materials

Acronyms PDF Word

Reunification plan PDF Word

Rules of Judicial Administration 2.560 PDF Word

United Spinal Association Disability Etiquette booklet PDF

Judicial Guide to Implementing the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 PDF