W&I Codes for CWS

CA W&I Codes for CWS

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.