May 16, 2022

Juvenile Dependency

Dependency matters include 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:

CASA of Stanislaus County Website
CASA of Stanislaus County Online Video


Dependency hearings are held in one of two Juvenile Dependency Courtrooms:


Department 15, 800 11th Street, First Floor, Modesto, CA – Judge Ann Q. Ameral

Department 18, located at 2215 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto, CA – Judge Annette E. Rees

Filings for Juvenile Dependency matters are required to be electronically filed, unless you are a party filing as your own attorney. The Juvenile Dependency Court Clerk's Office is located at 1100 I Street, Window #9, Modesto, CA, and the mailing address is Juvenile Dependency Clerk, PO Box 1098, Modesto, CA 95353-1098. 

The Juvenile Court Clerk's Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.*   Phone hours are 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

*Note:  Office hours may be impacted by the pandemic response.  Please check the Court's main website for more details. 

Last updated: January 25, 2022 11:15 AM