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The Main Event: Adjudication and Disposition Hearings in Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Cases


March 21, 2014
New Hanover County Executive Development Center
Oleander Room
1241 Military Cutoff Road
Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 798-7622

March 28, 2014
3021 Cornwallis Road, Building #3
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
(919) 248-1861

April 4, 2014
Buncombe County Health and Human Services
Main floor Conference room
200 College Street #300
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 250-4100

The Main Event: Adjudication and Disposition Hearings in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases

The adjudication hearing resembles a traditional bench trial under rules of civil procedure and evidence. Articles 8 and 9 of Chapter 7B, the North Carolina Juvenile Code, provide a framework for adjudication and disposition hearings. At adjudication, the court determines if the department of social services (DSS) proved its case by clear and convincing evidence to adjudicate a juvenile abused, neglected, or dependent and continue to exercise juvenile court jurisdiction. If DSS fails to meet its burden, the case is dismissed and the parent or caretakers regain full control of the child. If a child is adjudicated abused, neglected, or dependent then the court moves on to the dispositional hearing to determine the child’s temporary custody and implement a course of action designed to remediate the issues that led to court intervention in order to reunite the family or an alternative permanent plan of care.

The purpose of this training is to highlight and provide practical applications for the statutes related to adjudication and disposition. The training is a combination of lecture using power point presentations, panel, and group discussions based on specific fact patterns. The lectures will cover the statutory framework of the adjudication and disposition hearings as well as evidence. The panels will focus on the pre-adjudication conference, consents and stipulations, and specific disposition issues. The fact patterns will allow participants to further explore the topics introduced by the panels by analyzing a fact patterns and discussing questions in groups with debriefs at the conclusion of each break-out discussion led by the panelists

Who should participate?
Judges, DSS attorneys, parent attorneys, and GAL attorney advocates should attend.

CJE/CLE Credits
4 General CLE Hours credit have been requested from the NC Bar. Attendees will be required to sign in and will receive credit accordingly. Participants are responsible for submitting payment for CLE hours to the NC State Bar.

There is no cost for registration. Please complete the registration form page no later than March 10. A confirmation email will be sent to you in approximately two (2) business days from the date of registration.

No travel advances will be granted for this event.

There will be reimbursement for parking (Asheville site only) and mileage at $0.50/mile provided. There will be no reimbursement for lunch.

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