What Happens After I File a Petition?When you first get protection, it's only temporary. The order is called a PPO. You must return to court on the date indicated in the PPO, usually about 15 days, so the judge can determine if a full Protective Order is necessary. Both you and the abuser will be asked to appear in court on that date. During the 15-day period, the police will serve the abuser with a copy of the order, so the abuser will know when the hearing is scheduled.
How Can I Get Protection?To get a protective order, the abused person will file a petition in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Division. Each county has its own filing procedure.
How Can a Restraining Order Help Me?
A restraining order can do the following:
- The court can order the abuser not to have any contact with you, in person or by phone, at home, work or almost anywhere you ask the court to put in the order. The order against contact may also protect other people in your family.
- The court can order the abuser to leave the house or apartment that you and the abuser share, even if it is the abuser’s home.
- Grant you custody of your minor children.
- Order the abuser to pay child support and support you.
- Order the abuser to pay for costs that resulted from the abuse; for example, household bills that are due right away, medical/dental treatment, moving expenses, loss of earnings
- Order the abuser to pay attorney’s fees, and can make the abuser pay damages to you or other people who helped you or got hurt by the abuser
- Order the abuser to receive professional domestic violence counseling, or tell the abuser to go get evaluated or go to AA or NA
What Type of Protective Orders are Available?
1. Emergency Protective Order (EPO): Expires at the end of the third day following issuance or the next day court
is in session, whichever is later)
2. Preliminary Protective Order (PPO): Lasts up to 15 days or until a full hearing.
3. Final Protective Order: Can last up to two (2) years.
How long does it take to become a foster/adoptive parent?It typically takes a family between three and four months to become an approved foster/adoptive parent after completing all in-service training. The time can vary depending on how quickly families complete the requirements.
Would a child's biological family be involved while a child is living in my home?Yes, in most circumstances a child’s family remains involved with their child while they are in foster care. Department of Social Service Family Service Specialists will help coordinate contact and visits. Regular contact with their biological families is very important. Foster parents have a big role in supporting a child’s connection with their family.
How long is temporary?
A child’s stay in foster care may be as short as overnight or may be much longer. Some children in foster care become permanent members of a family or are adopted. Each child’s journey is unique but is important to understand that the goal of foster care is for a child to be reunified with his family.
What is the goal of foster care?The goal of foster care is to provide a safe, stable, nurturing temporary home and services for children who cannot presently remain in their own home.
Who are foster children?The children range in age from newborn to 18 years. The majority of the children we work with have experienced abuse and neglect. Many of them also may have emotional issues, behavioral problems, school difficulties, developmental delays, or are members of sibling groups who need to stay together. These children represent a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. There is a specific need for foster homes for children ages 7 and older.
How do I become a Foster Parent?Contact the Foster Parent Trainer by phone or e-mail and introduce yourself. You will then be invited to attend an orientation session that will give you a brief overview of the process and our program. After attending orientation and completing an application you will be required to complete 27 hours of pre-service training. During the pre-service training you will meet with a Family Assessment Specialist to complete a home study and other required paperwork.