Guided Reference in Dependency (GRID)

Aboutthe GRID

The Guided Reference in Dependency (G.R.I.D.) 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 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.

Historyand Updates

The original 2012 GRID was a collaborative effort among many contributing authors and a statewide advisory committee. The OCR and the Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel (ORPC) collaborated on later updates of the GRID in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2022.

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 serve as contributing authors for the GRID.

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