Juvenile Court - FAQ's

1. What date will this case be heard?

2. Where can I go to get custody of a child that is in my care and has had no court intervention involving, abandonment or abuse?

3. How do I file a termination of parental rights petition?

4. What is the process to file for a Petition for Waiver of Parental Notification for Termination of Pregnancy?

5. What is the fee for filing an appeal?

6. I was adopted when I was a child, can I see my court file?

7. I have a juvenile record, how can I receive a certificate of record search?

8. Can I get photocopies of documents from my court file?

9. How long are my juvenile records kept?

10. How long are dependency records kept?

11. How long are dependency adoption records kept?

12. Which agencies are deeply involved in the juvenile justice system?

 


 

1. What date will this case be heard? The party requesting this information must have the case number.

2. Where can I go to get custody of a child that is in my care and has had no court intervention involving, abandonment or abuse? Information may be obtained by calling Probate Court at 305-375-5978.

3. How do I file a termination of parental rights petition? A properly  prepared petition can be filed with the Family Division at 175 NW 1st. Ave., Suite # 14-2, Miami, Florida. A fee is required or an order of indigency must be presented at the time of filing.

Visit the fee schedule for a complete list of our fees.

4. What is the process to file for a Petition for Waiver of Parental Notification for Termination of Pregnancy?

In order to obtain an Order waving parental notification for termination of pregnancy , the petitioner must be a resident of Miami-Dade County and bring an official identification with photo. If requested, an attorney may be appointed to assist with the petition. The Clerk of Courts will provide the necessary documents. Please call (305) 679-2155 for assistance.

5. What is the fee for filing an appeal? See the fee schedule.  Fees are payable to: Clerk of Courts, Appellate Court and Third District Court of Appeals.

6. I was adopted when I was a child, can I see my court file? This information is confidential and cannot be released without a court order. For further information, contact Family Civil Adoption at 305-349-5656.

7. I have a juvenile record, how can I receive a certificate of record search? See the instructions for obtaining certified copies.

8. Can I get photocopies of documents from my court file? Yes, with proper identification.

9. How long are my juvenile records kept? The file is stored for five years at the Record Center. After this time, the file is microfilmed.

10. How long are dependency records kept? Until the child(ren) of record reaches the age of 18 years, after which time they are relocated to the Records Center, held for five years and then microfilmed.

11. How long are dependency adoption records kept? Seventy-five years.

12. Which agencies are deeply involved in the juvenile justice system?

  • Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Miami-Dade Police Department
  • Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • City of Miami Police Department
  • Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office
  • Miami-Dade County Public Defender's Office
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • Miami-Dade County Office of Youth and Family Development
  • Miami-Dade County Office of Rehabilitative Services
  • Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts
  • Administrative Office of the Courts, 11th. Judicial Circuit of Florida
  • Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Metro-Miami Action Plan