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.
During Fiscal Year 2017-18, the Office of the Child’s Representative and the Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel collaborated on a complete update of the GRID. It integrates recent legal developments throughout the publication and adds a number of fact sheets relevant to legal and practice developments. The print version’s index and table of authorities and the PDF’s search and bookmarking features enable quick access to relevant topics and law.
The original GRID resulted from a yearlong collaborative effort from many contributing authors and a statewide advisory committee and was published in August 2012; a “pocket part” update was completed in August 2015.
The Office of the Child’s Representative, the Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel, 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.