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13.32A.192  <<  13.32A.194 >>   13.32A.196

RCW 13.32A.194

At-risk youth petition — Court procedures.

(1) The court shall hold a fact-finding hearing to consider a proper at-risk youth petition. The court shall grant the petition and enter an order finding the child to be an at-risk youth if the allegations in the petition are established by a preponderance of the evidence, unless the child is the subject of a proceeding under chapter 13.34 RCW. If the petition is granted, the court shall enter an order requiring the child to reside in the home of his or her parent or in an out-of-home placement as provided in RCW 13.32A.192(2).

     (2) The court may order the department to submit a dispositional plan if such a plan would assist the court in ordering a suitable disposition in the case. If the court orders the department to prepare a plan, the department shall provide copies of the plan to the parent, the child, and the court. If the parties or the court desire the department to be involved in any future proceedings or case plan development, the department shall be provided timely notification of all court hearings.

     (3) If the court grants or denies an at-risk youth petition, a statement of the written reasons shall be entered into the records. If the court denies an at-risk youth petition, the court shall verbally advise the parties that the child is required to remain within the care, custody, and control of his or her parent.

[2000 c 123 § 23; 1996 c 133 § 27; 1995 c 312 § 27; 1990 c 276 § 13.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Short title -- Intent -- Construction -- 1996 c 133: See notes following RCW 13.32A.197.

     Short title -- 1995 c 312: See note following RCW 13.32A.010.

     Intent -- 1990 c 276: See RCW 13.32A.015.

     Conflict with federal requirements -- Severability -- 1990 c 276: See notes following RCW 13.32A.020.