Advokids recognizes the critical role of Court Appointed Special Advocates in California’s juvenile dependency system. We offer legal and multi-disciplinary trainings for CASA volunteers which explain the Federal and state laws that guide the juvenile court in their decision making along with state child welfare regulations and policies. Our curriculum incorporates childhood mental health research and trauma informed child advocacy tools.

Please contact our office if you are interested in scheduling a training in your county. Call 1.415.924.0587 or contact us here at Advokids.

Improving Access, Advocacy, and Accountability in the Juvenile Court

  • Court Access
    • Juvenile Court Process
    • For Foster Youth
    • Information For Caregivers
    • Information for Relatives
    • Sibling Information
    • De Facto Parent Information
    • Prospective Adoptive Parent
    • Request to Change Court Order


    • Childhood Mental Health
    • Placement and Permanency Planning
    • Visitation
    • Transitions
    • The Sibling Bond
    • Team Decision Making (TDM)
    • Trauma Informed Practice


    • Reporting and Information Sharing
    • Requesting a Grievance Review Hearing
    • Protection of the Child Through Juvenile Court

Placement and Permanency Planning in Juvenile Court Curriculum

  • The critical first 60 days
  • Placement issues at detention, disposition, and review hearings; paternity, ICWA, siblings, relatives
  • Timelines: why they matter
  • Sibling placement considerations
  • Conflicts of interest when representing a sibling group
  • CDSS Regulations
  • Guardianship and adoption planning
  • Trauma informed advocacy
  • JV-290 Caregiver Report Form, De facto Parent Status, JV-295JV-296 and Prospective Adoptive Parent Status, JV-321

How to Access the Juvenile Court

The Flow of Information to the Juvenile Court: Who Can Weigh In?

  • The County Social Worker report
  • CASA report
  • The Foster Family Agency report
  • Relative report
  • Caregiver report

Caregiver Report Forms, a Critical Connection: When, Why & How

  • Sample juvenile court form JV-290
  • Streamlined filing and serving

DeFacto Parent Status: When, Why & How

  • Sample juvenile court forms JV-295, JV- 296, JV-297
  • Discovery

Request to Change Court Order (JV-180)

  • Sample juvenile court form JV-180
  • When is it appropriate?
  • What information is necessary to support a request?

Prospective Adoptive Parent Status Designation Request Form (JV- 321)

  • Who qualifies for Prospective Adoptive Parent?
  • Departmental procedures & notice required BEFORE a change of placement

Improving Advocacy, Access, and Accountability


For further information, or to schedule a training, please contact us.

5643 Paradise Drive, Suite 12B, Corte Madera, CA 94925  •  415.924.0587

11833 Mississippi Ave. 1st floor, Los Angeles, CA 90025


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