Superior Court of Washington

for Cowlitz County

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Dependency Rights & Responsibilities

Rights of Parents

  • You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, the court will appoint one to you.
  • You have the right to admit or deny the allegations made about you and your family.
  • You have the right to be notified about all court hearings.
  • You have the right to an interpreter if you do not understand English. The court provides interpreters for youth and families in court.
  • You have the right to talk to your social worker and your attorney. If they are unavailable when you call, leave a message with a phone number where you can be reached or try them again. Keep track of the best times to call them. Keep a record of your attempts to make contact with all professionals.
  • You have a right and a responsibility to visit your child.

Responsibilities of Parents

  • Approach the case with an earnest desire to address the issues.
  • Attend all the court hearings and meetings.
  • Comply with your treatment plan. If you cannot make an appointment, call your social worker and treatment provider ahead of time.
  • Stay in touch with your attorney and social worker. You are responsible for providing them with your current address and phone number.
  • Be aware of your court-ordered services. Keep track of your appointments in writing. Following through with your services increases the likelihood of your child being returned to your care.
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