Disposition Hearing

At the disposition (or dispositional) hearing, the court decides whether the child and family need help and, if so, what services should be ordered. The order will contain information regarding the services and supports that the family will receive and participate in to resolve the issues that brought the family to the attention of the child protective services (CPS) agency and contributed to the child maltreatment. These services and supports are typically those that have been identified through the family assessment and are components of the case plan developed by the CPS caseworker with the family.

Note that, in some instances, the disposition hearing is held on the same day as the adjudication hearing. When it is not, the disposition hearing should be held within 30 days of the adjudication.