Dispositional Phase

A dispositional hearing is held after the Court has determined that the allegations were proven. At this point, the Court may either place the child in the home or out of the home, and order whatever services are deemed necessary to reunite the family. Prior to the dispositional hearing being held, a case service plan will be prepared by an agency independent of the court, and that agency will make certain recommendations. The case service plan sets forth the goals for the family and what services are being recommended to be made available to the family. The Court may order parties to comply with the terms of the case service plan, and schedule regular review hearings to monitor progress, and make changes to the dispositional order when appropriate.