Juvenile Court is an ugly Court. It has 2 aspects: “Juvenile Delinquency” when the kids get in serious criminal trouble and “Dependency” when the parents are in serious trouble because of their actual or alleged inappropriate parenting.
The Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) is the State Agency established to protect the children from neglectful or abusive parents.
The caseworkers, administrators and others at DCF have a difficult job and unfortunately there is room for lots of error. Juvenile proceedings generally involve a lot of Court, a lot of negotiations and a lot of supervision.
At Golden Gate Legal Center we help the parents work their way through these difficult times whether it is allegations against them or criminal charges faced by their children.