In Indiana, the Department of Child Services (DCS) can intervene in a family’s life by filing a petition alleging that a child is in need of services (CHINS). To be an eligible CHINS, a child must be younger than 18 years old and alleged to be neglected, abused, or not getting the care or treatment that the child needs. If a child is determined to be a CHINS, then the child can become a ward of the state for some time. Having DCS involved can be one of the most trying times that a family encounters.
In extreme circumstances, DCS can also intervene by filing a request to terminate parental rights (TPR) entirely. Most often, a request to terminate parental rights is not filed until efforts have been made to reunite the child and parent during a CHINS case. Parents are entitled to representation through private counsel or a court-appointed attorney in CHINS and TPR proceedings.
The family law team at Cohen Garelick & Glazier is experienced in handling CHINS and TPR cases. We will guide you through the process by providing effective representation and any support necessary for the family during this emotional and challenging process.