CA Welf & Inst Code Section 362.6


When a hearing is requested pursuant to Section 1202.05 of the Penal Code, the sentencing court shall forward a copy of the request to the child protective services agency (CPS), or the appropriate entity, in the county in which any related dependency matters as to the affected child victim have been heard or to the county in which the child victim resides. CPS, or the appropriate entity, shall initiate a hearing to determine whether visitation between the child victim and the incarcerated person would be in the best interests of the child victim. If the court determines that visitation with the incarcerated person is in the best interests of the child victim, CPS, or the appropriate entity, shall notify the Department of Corrections to provide for contact or visitation, or both, as ordered by the court.


The court, if visitation is allowed, may impose whatever safeguards or restrictions it deems appropriate to protect the child victim.


The court’s order shall be transmitted to all parties and to the Department of Corrections.


Any party may return to the juvenile court at any time prior to the child victim’s 18th birthday and request modification of the court’s order based on a change of circumstances. For these purposes, the juvenile court shall retain jurisdiction over the matter until the child victim reaches the age of 18 years.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

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