Juvenile Child in Need of Services

A “Child in Need of Services,” or CHINS for short, is a child under the age of eighteen who is neglected or abused, AND who is not getting care or treatment that the child needs.

The child can be a CHINS if the child:

  • has been deprived of necessary food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education, or supervision  due to the inability, refusal, or neglect of parent, guardian, or custodian
  • Has been subjected to the endangerment of his/her physical or mental health is due to injury caused by something the parents did or did not do.
  • Act or omission of parent, guardian, or custodian seriously is living in a home where illegal drugs are being manufactured.
  • is a danger to himself or to others.
  • is repeatedly disruptive in school and parents don’t participate in the disciplinary proceedings
  • is a missing child
  • is a victim of a sex offense.
  • is born with disorders caused by the mother drinking alcohol or taking drugs during pregnancy.

The most important thing to remember if you are involved with the Indiana Department of Child Services DCS) is that they DCS must prove their case against you.

If your child has been removed from the home because of the actions or inactions of the other parent, you need to seek legal representation to secure physical custody of your child(ren).

I have extensive trial experience with termination of parental rights cases. I’m here to help you fight for your children!  Contact me at (317) 925-2122 or tara@tarameltonlaw.com.