An appeal means another court decides if the judge’s decision was good or bad. Filing an appeal can’t hurt your child. It can only help them.
If you think your child would like to appeal, ask your child’s lawyer about the necessary steps right away. If your child’s lawyer does not do appeals, ask to be connected with a lawyer who can file your child’s appeal.
If you cannot pay for an appellate lawyer, the court will provide a lawyer for free.
You or your child can also ask a court to change an order if circumstances change. This is called a post-disposition change. Judges can change the original order to serve the juvenile’s best interests. For example, a judge can change where the child lives, if a better option is available.