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parents & Cost of Care

This page tells you about:

  1. What do the parents have to pay?
  2. What if the parents don’t want to pay?
  1. What do the parents have to pay?

    When the Juvenile Dependency Court takes a child away from the parents, both the parents and the child’s estate must pay for the cost of taking care of the child at a relative’s house, a foster home, the children’s shelter or in a group home.

  2. What if the parents don’t want to pay?

    If a child is taken away, the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS)  collects the money the parents owe. DCSS may file a case in the Superior Court Notre Dame Courthouse and a Commissioner will hear the case.
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