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Title Dependency Proceedings Unaccompanied Child
Status Governor Signed (06/07/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Children & Domestic Matters
House Sponsors S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
I. Jodeh (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Gonzales (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 03/24/2022

The bill provides juvenile court jurisdiction over an
unaccompanied child in the custody of the federal office of refugee
resettlement in a facility in Colorado who has been subjected to parental
abuse or neglect. A child may file a petition asking the court to determine
that the child is dependant on the court. The petition must:
  • Set forth the facts that bring the child under the court's

  • 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 bill requires the court to schedule a hearing. 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.

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