At this hearing, you and your child have the right to be heard. The applicant who is the person who filed the application is responsible for presenting enough evidence for the judge to find beyond a reasonable doubt that the child requires assistance. At the conclusion of the Fact-Finding Hearing, the judge will either: 

  • dismiss the case if the evidence presented to the court does not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that your child requires assistance, or 
  • find that your child requires assistance and schedule a Conference  and a  Disposition Hearing. Whenever possible, the Conference and the Disposition Hearing will be scheduled on the same date.