Dependency Docket Bench Cards for Ohio Family and Juvenile Court Judges and Magistrates

Dependency Docket Bench Cards for Ohio Family and Juvenile Court Judges and MagistratesOhio's Dependency Docket Bench Cards were developed to support judicial officers in their duty to provide comprehensive and timely judicial action in child welfare cases and to encourage best practices. In recognition of the need to assure safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children and to assist Ohio's juvenile and family courts in performing their critical and highly complex function, the Supreme Court of Ohio assembled a team of highly qualified professionals to create an Ohio-specific resource for navigating these cases. Ohio's Dependency Docket Bench Cards are designed to be used in conjunction with the Resource Guidelines and the Adoption and Permanency Guidelines published by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. These bench cards are not intended to serve as an authoritative source, but rather, a resource to inform courtroom practice.

The Dependency Docket Bench Cards grew out of the Beyond the Numbers project, a collaborative initiative of the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, designed to improve the way courts and agencies and their community partners address child welfare cases. By linking interdisciplinary county teams with resources and education, Ohio's courts and agencies will be better equipped to ensure the safety and well-being of the children at the heart of these cases by assisting them in achieving timely permanency and stability.

Additional questions
Comments or questions about the Beyond the Numbers initiative or these bench cards should be directed to Stephanie Graubner Nelson at 614.387.9388 or Stephanie.Nelson@sc.ohio.gov or the Judicial Services Division of the Supreme Court of Ohio, 65 South Front Street, 6th Floor, Columbus, Ohio, 43215, 614.387.9400.

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Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
Please note that since the publication of the new bench cards, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), updated its Guidelines for State Courts and Agencies in Indian Child Custody Proceedings. View the updated guidelines from the BIA

Flow Charts

Preliminary Matters

Ex Parte Orders

Shelter Care Hearing

Adjudicatory Hearing

Dispositional Hearing

Special Provisions for Protective Supervision

Special Provisions for Temporary Custody

Special Provisions for Legal Custody

Special Provisions for Permanent Custody

Special Provisions for Planned Permanent Living Arrangment

Review Hearing

Special Provisions for Protective Supervision

Special Provisions for Temporary Custody

Special Provisions for Permanent Custody

Special Provisions for Planned Permanent Living Arrangement

Special Provisions for Older Youth/Independent Living

Case Plan Amendments

Emergency Case Plan Amendments

Non-Emergency Case Plan Amendments

Appeals

Special Considerations

Interstate Issues

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