Local Juvenile Court Rule 3.2 DEPENDENCY PETITIONS (A) Generally. Any person may file a petition alleging a dependency. Each petition shall be verified by the individual filing the petition as including allegations, which are supported by documents and/or statements by third parties. Each petition must contain a statement of facts constituting a dependency, and the names and residence, if known to the petitioner, of the parents, guardian or custodian of the alleged dependent child. A layperson requesting to file a petition shall be initially referred to the Department of Social and Health Services to file a CPS referral for appropriate investigation. (B) Verification. All petitions shall be verified and contain a statement of facts constituting such dependency. (C) Upon filing of a dependency petition, the Court will appoint counsel for the parent, guardians or custodians and will appoint counsel or a guardian ad litem for the child. The parent, guardian or custodian must complete the financial statement documents as requested by the court for further court approval of appointment of counsel. [Adopted effective September 1, 2003, Amended effective September 1, 2006]
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