State Resources


Juvenile Court Act

This link will take you the Juvenile Court Act for the State of Utah.

Juvenile Court Practice Book

Compiled by D. Grant Dickenson, J.D. in July of 2012.  This pamphlet is a useful resource for practice in the Juvenile Courts of Utah.   Changes in child welfare law enacted after July 2012 are not included in this book.

Legislative Materials

This is a link to additional resources related to the child welfare issues addressed by the Utah State Legislature.

Wasatch Front Community Resource List

List of community resources along the Wasatch Front.

What to Do When Your Child Is In Foster Care

A publication by the Utah State Office of Child Welfare Parental Defense.

Utah State Bar Ethics Advisory Committee Opinion No. 07-02 (June 10, 2007)

When a GAL is appointed by the court to represent a person in a judicial proceeding, another attorney may not communicate with the represented person about the subject of the representation unless the attorney first obtains the consent of the GAL or an appropriate order from a court of competent jurisdiction.

New Subpoena Rule - 11/1/2007

New Subpoena Rule Goes Into Effect November 1, 2007

GRAMA Handbook (2005)

Document prepared by the Utah Attorney General explains the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) requirements.

Division of Child and Family Services - DCFS

Here you can find information about the Division.

DCFS Practice Guidelines

On April 29, 2003, the Child and Family Services Board reviewed the Practice Guidelines. These are tools for you to use in implementing practice in each of our program areas. These guidelines will be revised and updated from time to time - even now we are working on revisions. As you review these guidelines, please note that there is a state program specialist assigned to each area as a consultant.

Utah Administrative Rules for DCFS

Administrative rules adopted have the force and effect of law. Administrative rules for DCFS can be viewed here.

Utah Code Office of Child Welfare Parental Defense

Here you can view the Utah Code for the Office of Child Welfare Parental Defense.


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