Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

11.27 Court Reports

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
11.27 Court Reports

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Legal Authority/Introduction




Throughout the life of a case, there are several occasions when a report may be made to the court .  According to statute a court review is referred to as a case review.  Policy reflects this language. Although each court has its own way of handling cases, reports may be submitted for the following types of hearings:  

  • Court Ordered Home Evaluation:  Contains information regarding a youth’s relationship with a proposed relative for placement purposes; as well as the relative’s ability and willingness to care for the needs of the child. 
  • The pre-dispositional investigation report: contains relevant information on the youth and family, which will assist the court in making a dispositional finding on a youth who has been adjudicated as dependent, abused, neglected or as a status offender.
  • Scheduled Judicial Review (Status Review):  Contains information about the current status of the ongoing case, the child(ren) and family. 
  • Annual Permanency Review:  Contains information regarding the current status of the ongoing case and what steps have been completed in order to achieve permanency for the youth. 

Each of these types of court hearings require their own report and assist the court in making decisions regarding the best interests of the child(ren). 




Court Ordered Home Evaluation Reports


The SSW: 

  1. Prepares the report using the Court Ordered Risk Assessment or Home Evaluation or the Investigation Report Concerning Custodial Arrangements for the Child (in TWIST);
  2. Submits the report to the court based on the given timeframes set forth by the judge. 

Dispositional Reports


The SSW:

  1. Prepares a dispositional report for the court as required by court practice and case circumstance (Family Court Civil Rule 28);
  2. Provides the court the dispositional investigation report three (3) days prior to the dispositional hearing.

Case Review Court Reports


  1. Prepares the case review report outline and submits it to the judge within each court’s specified timeframes.
  2. Ensures that the report contains clearly written and appropriate information about the services necessary to prevent foster care placement or reunification of the children.

Annual Permanency Review Reports


The SSW:

  1. Completes and submits the report for the annual permanency review and the case plan, to the court, at least three (3) days prior to the hearing.


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