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Dependency Proceedings Unaccompanied Child

Concerning dependency orders for an unaccompanied child in federal custody in Colorado.
2022 Regular Session
Children & Domestic Matters
Bill Summary

The act provides juvenile court jurisdiction over an unaccompanied child in the custody of the federal office of refugee resettlement who is housed in a facility in Colorado and who has been subjected to parental abuse or neglect. A child may file a petition asking the court to determine that the child is dependent on the court. The petition must:

  • Set forth the facts that bring the child under the court's jurisdiction;
  • State the child's name, age, and country of birth; and
  • Identify the facility where the child is housed in Colorado in the custody of the federal office of refugee resettlement.

The petition must not name the child's parent as a respondent. The petition must state clearly that parental rights may not be terminated through the proceedings.

The act requires the court to schedule a hearing after the petition is filed. If the court finds at the hearing that the statements in the petition are supported by a preponderance of the evidence, the court shall declare the child dependent on the court. A child declared dependent is eligible for oversight and services by the office of the child protection ombudsman. Upon request, the court may also issue an order establishing the child's eligibility for classification as a special immigrant juvenile under federal law.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

  • All Versions (7 )
    Date Bill Type Documents
    06/07/2022 Signed Act PDF
    05/25/2022 Final Act PDF
    05/02/2022 Rerevised PDF
    04/29/2022 Revised PDF
    04/20/2022 Reengrossed PDF
    04/19/2022 Engrossed PDF
    03/24/2022 Introduced PDF

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details