Local Juvenile Court Rule 5.2 ALTERNATIVE RESIDENTIAL PLACEMENT PETITIONS (A) Generally. A parent, child, guardian, custodian, or the Department of Social and Health Services may file a petition requesting the court to approve or disapprove an alternative residential placement. Juvenile Court staff shall assist a layperson in appropriately filing out and filing a petition. (B) Verification. All petitions shall be verified and contain a statement of facts and circumstances establishing that a serious family conflict exists and that the conflict cannot be resolved by delivery of services to the family during continued placement of the child in the parental home. (C) Notification. Upon the filing of a petition, the Juvenile Court shall: 1. Schedule a date for a fact-finding hearing no later than fourteen (14) days from the date of filing; 2. Notify the parent(s) and child of such date; 3. Notify the parent(s) of the right to be represented by counsel and, if indigent, to have counsel appointed by the court; 4. Appoint legal counsel or a guardian ad litem for the child; 5. Inform the parties of the legal consequences of the court approving or disapproving of the petition; 6. Notify the parties of their right to present evidence at the fact-finding hearing; 7. Notify the referring agency; and 8. Notify the Department of Social and Health Services. [Adopted effective April 1, 1988]
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