Amanda Sherwood

 Child Welfare Attorney


Effective, Compassionate Solutions for Families 





3445 Golden Gate Way
Lafayette, CA 94549


(510) 542-9429

Areas of Practice

Juvenile Dependency

When a child is removed from his or her home, CPS is required to file a petition with the Juvenile Court. This court makes vital decisions like where the child will live, when and how often parents and children can see each other, whether the child can return home, and if not, where the child will live long-term. The court also makes important decisions about the child's education, medical, and mental health treatment.  

Dependency law is complex, and the stakes are high. The juvenile court process can be very stressful, and having a strong advocate to represent your needs is key. Parents and children have the right to retain a lawyer of their own choice. Amanda will explain the court process clearly, make sure you understand your options, and will work with you to reach a positive outcome.


Both children and parents have the right to appeal decisions made by the juvenile court. Often they are provided with a court-appointed lawyer for the appellate process, but have the right to hire their own lawyer for this process.  

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
— Nelson Mandela