According to Child Welfare Information Gateway, what to expect in an appeal depends on
the TYPE of appeal,
and also on the COURT ORGANIZATION of your particular locality.
The Juvenile Court Process
http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/userma ... erfour.cfm
Parents and CPS have the right to appeal some decisions of the juvenile court in child abuse and neglect and TPR cases. At the very least, the right to appeal attaches at the conclusion of any
or TPR trial.
Some States may allow appeal from other trial court orders or decisions, but generally, only final decisions are appealed or accepted for appellate review.
Appellate courts decide cases based on the written record, or a videotape in some locations, from the trial court. They examine the record and determine whether:
The trial judge abused his or her discretion in finding the facts;
The facts support the judge's conclusions of the law;
The judge correctly applied the law to the facts.
The Court System and Child Protection
http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/userma ... chaptertwo.
How courts are organized and how they divide their caseloads vary widely by State and even within a State.
Example of "Petitions for Appeal"
Petition for Appeal- Mary Beth Davis
The State totally failed to show a crime was committed. The State could not explain how any insulin. or combination of insulins could reproduce the symptoms in Seth Davis. The State could not show how caffeine could be administered and not be vomited. The State could not produce a product name or manufacturer that produced a time-release caffeine capsule. Without a murder weapon to inflict the harm, or an explanation as to its use, Marybeth Davis is entitled to a directed verdict of acquittal."