The content included in this material is intended to provide a brief overview of CA Welfare and Institutions Codes Section 300 that are frequently used by Child Welfare Staff. Please note that this is not intended to be an all- inclusive list but rather a brief resource guide. Please consult with your Supervisor or your County Counsel (CWS Legal Department) for more details and information on the W&I Codes and their use in Juvenile Court cases.
Juvenile dependency court can have a significant impact on the lives and futures of children and families. Social workers and police have the legal authority to remove a child from their home if they have a reason to believe the child is not safe, or if there is a credible threat against the safety and well-being of the child. The court’s authority for dependency cases is found within the California Welfare and Institutions Code. (WIC § 300 et seq.)
This mobile app was developed by the Public Child Welfare Training Academy, a project of the Academy for Professional Excellence and San Diego State University School of Social Work.