All records processed through the dependency department are confidential and can only be seen by parent, legal guardian and/or child with proper picture identification. Court appointed and private attorneys also have access to the court files only if they have filed their notice of appearance in the particular case.
This department processes all dependency actions that are affiliated with the Department of children and Families, all truancy cases, all CINS/FINS cases (children and families in need of services) and adoptions cases where the Termination of Parental Rights is sought thru the dependency court.
This department does not give information over the telephone as records processed in this office are confidential and access requires proper identification as described in paragraph one. Anyone wishing specific information regarding a dependency case must come in to the office with proper picture identification.
Shelter hearings are conducted by one of the Marion County Circuit Court Judges on Monday thru Friday (excluding holidays).