How do county clerk staff determine what modifiers (Abuse/Neglect, No Parent/Guardian Willing/Capable, Abandonment), if any, are included in a juvenile Dependency Petition?
Paragraph 1.4 of the pattern form Dependency Petition (attached in PDF format at the bottom of this answer) has checkboxes for each of these modifiers:
|1.4 The child is dependent according to RCW 13.34.030, in that:|
|(a)||the child has been abandoned as defined in RCW 13.34.030;|
|(b)||the child is abused or neglected as defined in Chapter 26.44 RCW; or|
|(c)||the child has no parent, guardian or custodian capable of adequately caring for the child, such that the child is in circumstances which constitute a danger of substantial damage to the child's psychological or physical development.|
RN id: 1151