Cases involving possible child abuse, neglect and other cases involving children are heard by a judge in the Juvenile Court. Juvenile Courts also hear cases involving minors under age 17 who are charged with felonies or misdemeanors. The court’s main purpose is to help families and protect their children.
In a Juvenile Court proceeding, a judge hears the information presented and then, based on the hearing, enters court orders or instructions to parents, caseworkers from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) or another child welfare agency. For example, the court may require a family to attend counseling or a parent to participate in substance abuse treatment. The judge may order visits to be supervised between parent and child or that certain services be provided to the family.
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