Information and Resources for Parents

Court Appointed Counsel

If your child is involved with the juvenile court because of allegations of abuse or neglect, you may be entitled to a court-appointed attorney. Contact the clerk's office at the Juvenile Court in your county to apply. Here is a directory of the Courts' hours of operation.

Youth, Rights & Justice and the Parent Mentors of Parents Anonymous at the Morrison Center have adapted a family guide for Oregon parents involved in the child dependency system of the juvenile court.  You can click here to access "A Family's Guide to the Child Welfare System, adapted for Cases in Oregon Juvenile Courts." 

If you are not eligible for a court-appointed lawyer, click here for information on finding a lawyer in Oregon.

Citizen's Review Board

Do you want to know more about the Citizen's Review Board's role in your child's dependency case? The Citizen Review Boards have developed a new statewide CRB Case Notes Sheet to guide the board members regarding areas of inquiry.

Other Resources for Parents 

A Family's Guide to the Child Welfare System adapted for Cases in Oregon Juvenile Courts, prepared by the Juvenile Law Resource Center, a program of Youth, Rights & Justice, Attorneys at Law, in collaboration with The Parent Mentors of Parents Anonymous, a program of Morrison Child and Family Services.

For more information about the child welfare system in general, please see A Family's Guide to the Child Welfare System, produced by the Child Welfare League of America.

A Resource Guide for Parents Incarcerated in Oregon.

It's OK to Need Support: A parent-to-parent guide to family support services These first-person stories by parents involved in the child welfare system can offer insight and support to parent clients, encouraging them to take steps to protect their children and themselves. The 24 page booklet includes stories such as "I Love You, I'm Sorry: I'm better off alone than with someone who hurts me", "Slowing Down in Life: Drugs got between me and my son", and "Do Over: Changing as a parent takes courage and practice". Why not hand a copy to parent clients at their first court date? By Rise Magazine and individual authors.