Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

11.7 Motion to Redocket

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter 11-CPS Court
11.7 Motion to Redocket

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The SSW:

  1. Confers with the county attorney and FSOS, then requests a motion to redocket by following the appropriate regional and local court protocols; 
  2. Requests the court clerk’s office to place the case on the docket for review;
  3. Notifies all involved parties as to the date and time of court once the case is placed on the court docket for review;
  4. Requests a motion to redocket in the following situations:
    1. To amend, with the assistance of the county attorney, a previous petition due to new information;
    2. When a youth, or parents or other caregiver fail to follow court orders associated with their child protection case;
    3. When a child has gone missing or runaway during an open, court-active case; 1
    4. When needing to seek permission for medical treatment for a child in emergency or temporary custody as outlined in SOP 11.21 Medical Consent for Child in Emergency or Temporary
    5. When a there is a lack of cooperation or failure by the youth, parent or other caregiver to follow the case plan;
    6. To request a change in custody;.To request a change in custody;
    7. To request permanent custody for a kinship care relative after a child has been successfully in placement for six (6) months as outlined in SOP 4.5 Kinship Care Program-Introduction;
    8. To seek court approval of a planned permanent living arrangement, refer to Permanency Goals in OOHC Cases Tip Sheet;
    9. To extend commitment of a youth as outlined in SOP 4.29.2 Transition Planning for OOHC Youth;
    10. To request cessation of life support systems for a child in the Cabinet’s care as outlined in SOP 4.27.5 Ending Use of Life Support Systems.  When faced with a child needing life support the SSW follows the procedures outlined in SOP 4.27.4 Life Support Systems; and
    11. Other times as indicated by significant changes in a child or family’s situation.


  1. When the child is in the custody of the cabinet, the worker also follows the procedures referenced in SOP 4.67 Locating Missing Children-Including Runaways.


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