Back to Top ^

Case Assignments, Transfer & Closure > Case Assignments > DI Assignment Criteria

Dependency Investigation (DI) Assignment Criteria

1000-501.30 | Revision Date: 01/05/17

Overview

This policy guide reviews the procedures for assigning cases for Dependency Investigation prior to the Jurisdictional hearing and in other case situations requiring assignment of a Dependency Investigator (DI CSW).

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Policy

Assignment of Dependency Investigation Tasks after the Detention Hearing

Living with Parents in a Traditional Residence in Los Angeles County

Living with Parent(s) and/or in a Non-traditional Residence in Los Angeles County

Living with Parent(s) Outside Los Angeles County

Not Living with Parents

New WIC 300 Petitions

Fast Track Cases

Voluntary Cases

Pre-disposition Address Changes

Dependent Minor Parents

Assignment of Dependency Investigation Tasks after the Disposition Hearing

Assignment of Dependency Investigation Tasks for WIC 388 Hearings

Assignment of Dependency Investigation Tasks for WIC 388(e) Extended Foster Care (EFC) Re-entry Petitions

When DCFS Files a Petition on Behalf of a Re-entry Youth

When a Hearing is Scheduled

Disputing a Case Assignment

Assignment of Medical Case Management Services (MCMS) Unit Cases

SCSW Assignment Discretion

Procedure

Assigning a Case to a Regional DI after the Detention Hearing

Juvenile Court Services (JCS) Dependency Investigation Assistant (DIA) Responsibilities

Regional DIA Responsibilities

Transferring the Court Documents Folder from the DI CSW to the Case-Carrying CSW after the Disposition Hearing

DI CSW Responsibilities

DI SCSW Responsibilities

Case-Carrying CSW Responsibilities

DI Unit Clerk Responsibilities

A Hearing for a WIC 388 Petition is Scheduled

Juvenile Court Services SCSW Responsibilities

A Hearing for a WIC 388(e) Extended Foster Care (EFC) Re-entry Petition is Scheduled

Juvenile Court Services SCSW Responsibilities

Approvals

Helpful Links

Referenced Policy Guides

Statutes

Version Summary

This policy was updated in order to modify staff responsibilities for writing PRC, WIC 388 response and Extended Foster Care (EFC)The Extended Foster Care program allows a foster youth to remain in foster care and continue to receive foster care payment benefits (AFDC-FC payments) and services beyond age 18, as long as the foster youth is meeting participation requirements, living in an approved or licensed facility, and meeting other eligibility requirements. re-entry court reports.

POLICY

Assignment of Dependency Investigation Tasks after the Detention Hearing

Assignment of dependency investigation tasks depends on the situation at the point the child(ren) is/are taken into protective custody. Unless otherwise specified, the DI CSW in the identified office will write the report, as follows:

Living with Parents in a Traditional Residence in Los Angeles County

Custodial situation

The office serving the area…

Parents live together.

Where the parents reside.

Child lives with the mother.

Where the mother resides.

Child lives with the father.

Where the father resides.

The parents have joint legal custody, for the same amount of time.

Where the mother resides.

One parent has the child more than 50% of the time.

Where the parent who has custody the greater amount of time.

Living with Parent(s) and/or in Non-Traditional Residence in Los Angeles County

Custodial situation

The office serving the area…

Child and parent in a shelter.

Where child and parent lived previously, within the year based on CWS/CMS/ WCMIS /LRS.

Child and parent in a shelter and have been transient. 

Where the last known address was, within the last year based on CWS/CMS, WCMIS, LRS. If none, where the child was taken into protective custody.

Parent hospitalized/institutionalized.

Where the parent lived prior to the hospitalization/institutionalization, within the last year.  If none within the last year, where the child was taken into protective custody.

Child hospitalized/institutionalized.

Where the parent with whom the child lived prior to admission.

Mother is incarcerated.

Where the mother resided when she was arrested.  If unknown, where the child was taken into protective custody.

Mother incarcerated in prison/jail and father not involved with child.

Where the child was taken into protective custody.

Both parents institutionalized.

Where the mother lived within the last year based on CWS/CMS /WCMIS /LRS. If none, where the child was taken into protective custody.

Living with Parent(s) Outside Los Angeles County

Custodial situation

The office serving the area…

Custodial parents live in an adjacent county, as follows:

 

County

Riverside:

San Bernardino:

Orange:

San Diego:

Ventura:

Kern County:

 

 

Regional office*

Pomona

Glendora

Santa Fe Springs

Lakewood

Santa Clarita and W. San Fernando Valley**

Palmdale-Lancaster-Santa Clarita

* Special circumstances can be worked out between the SCSWs.

** Depends on proximity to office.

Parents live in non-adjacent county or out of state.

Where the child was located when taken into protective custody.

Each parent living in a different adjacent county.

Of the adjacent county of the parent with whom the child was most recently living based on CWS/CMS/ WCMIS /LRS.

Mother incarcerated in prison/jail and father not involved with child.

Where the mother last resided in Los Angeles County.

Parents were arrested in Los Angeles county and child taken into protective custody.

Where the child was located when taken into protective custody.

Child abused while traveling with the parents in an airport, train station, or bus station.

Where the child was placed.

Not Living with Parents

Custodial situation

The office serving the area…

One parent’s address is known.

Where the known parent lives.

Both parents' addresses are known.

Where the mother lives.

Both parents’ addresses are unknown.

Where the caregiver lives.

Child not living with a specific caregiver and both parents’ addresses unknown.

Where the child was taken into protective custody.

Siblings are with different caregivers and parents’ addresses unknown.

Where the caregiver for the youngest child lives.

Child detained from legal guardian and no case-carrying CSW assigned to child or dependent siblings.

Where the legal guardian lives.

Child detained from WIC 366.26 legal guardian and a case-carrying CSW is assigned to child or dependent siblings.

Where case-carrying CSW is assigned. A DI must be assigned in that office to write the Jurisdictional/Dispositional Report.

Child detained from legal guardian, but was living with different caregiver. (No case-carrying CSW assigned to the child or dependent siblings).

Where the legal guardian lives.

Probate Guardianship.

Where the prospective legal guardian lives.

Child detained from a Probate legal guardian. (Case-carrying CSW assigned to child for funding).

Where the case-carrying CSW is assigned. A DI CSW must be assigned in that office to write the Jurisdictional/Dispositional Report.

WIC 366.26 legal guardianships.

Where the case-carrying CSW is assigned.

Termination of Parental Rights.

Where the case-carrying CSW is assigned. (If not a fast track case.)

New WIC 300 Petitions

Custodial situation

The office serving the area…

Filed on a sibling of a child whose case is pre-disposition.

Where the original child’s DI case is assigned. The original DI CSW writes the report.

Filed on a sibling of a child whose case is post-disposition.

Where the original child’s case-carrying worker is assigned. A DI CSW must be assigned in that office to write the Jurisdictional/Dispositional Report.

Filed on a sibling of a dependent child whose parents’ parental rights have been terminated.

Where the original child’s case-carrying worker is assigned. A DI CSW must be assigned in that office to write the Jurisdictional/Dispositional Report.

Fast Track Cases

Custodial situation

The office serving the area…

When the court orders no reunification and the recommendation is legal guardianship or Termination of Parental Rights.

Where the DI who completed the Jurisdictional/Dispositional Report is assigned.

When the DI who did the Jurisdictional/Dispositional Report is in a different office from the case-carrying CSW and Adoptions CSW.

Where the DI who completed Jurisdictional/Dispositional Report is assigned.

Voluntary Cases

Custodial situation

The office serving the area…

The children are detained.

Where the VFM/VFR was supervised, regardless of the parent(s)’ address (es).

Pre-disposition Address Changes

Custodial situation

The office serving the area…

An ER referral was made to one office and the parents moved prior to the child’s detention to an address covered by another DCFS’ office.

Where the parents lived at the time the child was taken into protective custody.

The parents go to the Detention Hearing and provide another address, but the parents have been transient.

Where the child was taken into protective custody.

The parents moved, then go to the Detention Hearing and provide another address, which can be confirmed as a stable residence by a home call or telephone call.

Where child was taken into protective custody, unless it can be confirmed that the previous custodial parent will stay at the new address. DI SCSWs in the original and newly assigned office must agree on the new assignment.

Dependent Minor Parents

Custodial situation

The office serving the area…

The child of a dependent minor mother is detained and the referral is assigned to the same office as the dependent minor mother's case.

Where the dependent minor mother’s case-carrying CSW is assigned.

The child of a dependent minor mother is detained and the referral is assigned to a different office than the  minor mother's case

Where the dependent minor mother’s case-carrying CSW is assigned.

Assignment of Dependency Investigation Tasks after the Disposition Hearing

The Case-Carrying CSW is responsible for all reports after disposition of a case. If the court splits the disposition of the parents, i.e. dispositions one parent but not the other, the DI CSW is only responsible for the reports on the parent for whom there is not yet a disposition.

Assignment of Dependency Investigation Tasks for WIC 388 Hearings

Assignment of dependency investigation tasks depends on the reason the WIC 388 petition is filed. Unless otherwise specified, the DI CSW in the identified office will write the report, as follows:

 

Reason for petition

The office serving the area…

Terminate legal guardianship so that a new legal guardian can be appointed.

Where the current legal guardian lives.

The legal guardian dies and the child has a case-carrying CSW, or has dependent siblings with a case-carrying CSW.

Where the case-carrying CSW is assigned. The DI CSW writes the WIC 388 Petition response. (If legal guardianship was granted through Probate Court and there are no dependent siblings, the DI CSW writes the WIC 388 Petition response.)

The legal guardian dies, the child does not have a case-carrying CSW, and there are no dependent siblings with a case-carrying CSW.

Where the petitioner filing to be the new legal guardian lives. If there is no new legal guardian, where the child is currently staying.  If there is more than one child, where the youngest child is staying.

Terminate the legal guardianship, the legal guardian lives out of state, and there is no case-carrying CSW assigned to the child or siblings.

Where the child is living, if in Los Angeles County; or, where the case was previously assigned, if the child lives out of state; or, where the parents live in Los Angeles County, if they filed the petition.

Terminate the legal guardianship so that the parent(s) can reunify with the child(ren), and there are no children with a case-carrying CSW.

Where the parent(s) who filed the WIC 388 Petition live.

Terminate court-ordered family reunification services prior to the WIC 366.21 (e) or (f) hearing.

The case-carrying CSW assigned to the case.

To request a change in the case plan goal/service component (i.e., reinstate Family Maintenance or Family Reunification services) when the child who is the subject of the 388 petition has an existing open case. The office of the case-carrying CSW assigned to the case will assign a DI CSW to write the report. If there is an open case for a sibling only, the case will be assigned to a DI CSW in that assigned primary CSWs office, and that DI CSW writes the 388 Response Report.
To request a change in the case plan goal/service component (i.e., reinstate Family Maintenance or Family Reunification services) for a closed case. If there is no open case or open sibling case, the 388 is assigned to a DI CSW based on where the current legal guardian lives. If there is an open sibling case only, the case will be assigned to a DI CSW in the assigned CSWs office in order to write the 388 Response Report.

To request a change in the Disposition Case Plan order (e.g., visitation, counseling, drug/alcohol treatment program, drug/alcohol weekly/random/on-demand testing, etc.) for an open case

The office of the case-carrying CSW assigned to the case. The case-carrying CSW writes the WIC 388 Petition response.

To request adoption by the legal guardian, or for the legal guardian to notify the court of a change of residence for an open case. The office of the case-carrying CSW assigned to the case. The case-carrying CSW writes the WIC 388 Petition response.
Court has determined a 388 Response Report is required for any other reason for a child with a closed case, even if that child has an open case to a sibling. If there is an open case for a sibling only, the case will be assigned to a DI CSW in the assigned CSWs office in order to write the 388 Response Report.

Assignment of Dependency Investigation Tasks for WIC 388(e) Extended Foster Care (EFC) Re-entry Petitions

When DCFS Files a Petition on Behalf of a Re-entry Youth

A WIC 388(e) EFC Re-Entry Petition on behalf of the Re-Entry Youth is written by a DI CSW in the office where the case was reopened. If the case is closed but the re-entry youth’s siblings have an open case, the case is assigned to the case-carrying CSW for the siblings.

When a Hearing is Scheduled

All WIC 388(e) EFC Re-Entry Petition response reports will be assigned to the AB 12 CSW in the regional office where the EFC Re-Entry Youth’s case was assigned when exiting foster care.

Disputing a Case Assignment

The following time frames must be followed when disputing the assignment of a case to a Dependency Investigation Office:

Assignment of Medical Case Management Services (MCMS) Unit Cases

The DI from the sending regional office completes all dependency investigation related functions until after case disposition, including the Jurisdictional/Dispositional report and other supplemental reports, and reports for failed Voluntary Family Reunification or Maintenance (VFR/VFM) cases that are filed while MCMS retains the services portion of the case. If the parent has move in a failed VFR/VFM cases as described above, the DI from the office serving the parent’s address completes all dependency investigation related functions.

SCSW Assignment Discretion

The DI SCSW may override automated assignments in order to assign or reassign a case within her/his DI unit.

Back to Policy

PROCEDURE

Assigning a Case to a Regional DI after the Detention Hearing

Juvenile Court Services (JCS) Dependency Investigation Assistant Responsibilities

  1. Upon receipt of the legal packet, complete a secondary assignment to regional DI Assignment Unit on CWS/CMS.

 

  1. Send the hard copy legal packet to the regional DI Assignment Unit.

Regional DIA Responsibilities

  1. Upon receipt of the on-line assignment, make a secondary assignment on CWS/CMS to a DI CSW based on the duty schedule.

 

  1. Upon receipt of the hard copy legal packet, forward it to the assigned DI CSW.

Transferring the Court Documents Folder from the DI CSW to the Case-Carrying CSW after the Disposition Hearing

DI CSW Responsibilities

  1. Within three business days of receipt of the minute order, transfer the case to the appropriate CSW. 

 

  1. Review Court Documents Folder for required documents.

 

  1. Update case on line, if needed.

 

  1. Forward Court Documents Folder to the DI SCSW.

DI SCSW Responsibilities

  1. Review Court Documents Folder and on-line case for required documents.

 

  1. End-date the DI CSW secondary assignment on CWS/CMS.

 

  1. Notify the Case-Carrying CSW of the disposition and case plan (including time frame, supplemental reports, etc.)

 

  1. Forward the Court Documents Folder to the Unit Clerk for transfer to the Case-Carrying CSW.

Case-Carrying CSW Responsibilities

  1. Upon receipt of the Court Documents Folder from the DI Unit Clerk, request minute orders on the case in order to be aware of the post dispositional reports ordered on the case.

DI Unit Clerk Responsibilities

  1. Forward the Court Documents Folder to the assigned Case-Carrying CSW.

A Hearing for a WIC 388 Petition is Scheduled

Juvenile Court Services SCSW Responsibilities

  1. Call the regional DI SCSW or Case-Carrying SCSW where the caregiver resides, depending on whether the DI CSW or Case-Carrying CSW is responsible for responding to the petition, and notify them of the date of the hearing. If there is a short turn around for the court date, fax to the DI SCSW or Case-Carrying SCSW the WIC 388 petition and minute order ordering the WIC 388 Response Hearing and report.
  1. Send the hard copy legal packet to the DI CSW/SCSW or regional Case-Carrying CSW/SCSW, as appropriate.
  2. If neither the DI CSW nor the Case-Carrying CSW is responsible for responding to the petition, send the hard copy legal packet to the regional DI Assignment Unit.

A Hearing for a WIC 388(e) Extended Foster Care (EFC) Re-entry Petition is Scheduled

Juvenile Court Services SCSW Responsibilities

  1. Locate the Re-entry Youth’s case in CWS/CMS.
  1. If the case has already been reopened, forward the DI Packet to the assigned Regional OfficeThe DCFS office that is responsible for providing services to the child, youth, dependent, or nonminor dependent. Usually, the office where the child's CSW is located. AB 12 CSW.
  2. If the case has not been reopened:
  1. Send the DI Packet to the AB 12 CSW in the Regional Office that the Re-Entry Youth was assigned to when exiting Foster Care
  2. Call the Child Protection Hotline (CPH) and:

Back to Procedure

APPROVALS

None

HELPFUL LINKS

Referenced Policy Guides

0100-535.65, Extended Foster Care: Re-Entry of Non-Minor Former Dependents

0300-301.05, Filing Petitions

0300-503.10, Writing the Jurisdiction/Disposition Report

0300-503.41, WIC 388 Petitions: Response Report

Statutes

Welfare and Institutions Code 361.5(a) (2) - States that any motion to terminate court-ordered reunification services prior to the hearing set pursuant to subdivision (f) of Section 366.21 for a child described by paragraph (1), or within six months of the initial dispositional hearing for a child described by paragraph (2), shall be made pursuant to the requirements set forth in subdivision (c) of Section 388.

Back to Helpful Links