GRID Website

Colorado Guided Reference in Dependency

Read about the GRID below and request a copy at the bottom of this page or find the same info on the GRID website at right.

GRID Website


The Guided Reference in Dependency (GRID) is Colorado’s comprehensive guide to the legal standards governing dependency and neglect cases and best practices for child welfare attorneys. The GRID covers the stages of a dependency and neglect case and details black letter law, statutes, seminal cases, checklists of activities, and considerations for each hearing type. It also contains detailed fact sheets highlighting unique issues arising in dependency law.

As a complete reference guide for guardians ad litem and respondent parent counsel, the GRID is intended to assist you in your practice of dependency law in Colorado. The GRID can be easily used in the courtroom and at all stages of a dependency and neglect case.

The original GRID resulted from a yearlong collaborative effort from many contributing authors and a statewide advisory committee. It was published in August 2012. In Fiscal Year 2017-18, the Office of the Child’s Representative (OCR) and the Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel (ORPC) collaborated on a complete update and enhancement of the GRID, printed and made available online in August 2018. Consistent with the goal of updating the GRID on an annual basis, the OCR and the ORPC collaborated to update the GRID again in September 2019 and 2020. The 2020 electronic version of the GRID is available below and integrates recent legal developments throughout the publication. A supplement containing just the updates since 2018 is available here, and printing/publishing efforts are currently underway.

The print version’s index and table of authorities and the PDF version’s search and bookmarking features enable quick access to relevant topics and law. You can request a print copy below.

The OCR, the ORPC, and the Office of the State Court Administrator Court Improvement Program would like to thank the Colorado Children’s Justice Task Force for providing financial support to make the original GRID publication and updates possible, the many individuals who served on the statewide advisory committee for this project, and the devoted attorneys who served as contributing authors for the GRID.