Dependency matters are for children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected by someone or who have parents that are unable or unwilling to care for the child. This type of case could result in foster care, a guardianship being established or the child being adopted by a caring family.
Some cases can involve a Court Appointed Child Advocate. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they do not get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives. For information visit:
Dependency hearings are heard in Juvenile Dependency Court, Department 18, located at 2215 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto, CA.
Filings for Juvenile Dependency matters are filed at the Juvenile Clerk's Office, in Room 15 at the Blue Gum address. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.