Category Archives: CHINS

Hopes for the New Year 2015

As the new year begins, here are the hopes for 2015: That anti-shackling legislation continues to spread around the country, including here in Indiana, which would allow detained children to appear without shackles during court hearings unless the judge has … Continue reading

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Parents Helping Parents in the System

So often, once a child is put into the juvenile system — whether as a CHINS or a juvenile delinquent — the parents are swept to the side as others make decisions about what is best for the child and … Continue reading

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Giving Parents a Voice in CHINS and TPR Cases

Giving Parents a Voice: The Legal Representation of Parents in Child Welfare Cases, a video by the Supreme Court of Mississippi, features interviews of experts filmed during the 2013 American Bar Association (ABA) Parent Attorney Conference.  The majority of the film is … Continue reading

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Dangers to Children Living in Meth Lab Homes

The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) has developed a special protocol that is instituted when children are found in homes that are also methamphetamine labs or in which caregivers are using or dealing methamphetamine.  The DCS protocol requires a … Continue reading

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In re S.E. — Court May Require Sign Language Interpreter

In re S.E. was a termination of parental rights case during which the mother preferred to communicate orally, rather than through a sign language interpreter.  Originally the trial court agreed to mother’s preferred procedure.  However, after attempting to take testimony … Continue reading

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Identifying a Brainwashed Child in Family Law Cases

The American Bar Association, Section of Family Law, has published Child Held Hostage: Identifying Brainwashed Children, Presenting a Case and Crafting Solutions (2nd Edition) by Stanley S. Clawar and Brynne V. Rivlin.  The book focuses on how children may be … Continue reading

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Two New TPR Cases Involving Incarceration

Over the last few years, there have been several termination of parental rights (TPR) cases published by the Indiana appellate courts involving incarcerated parents.  Two more were added to the list in July 2014: In the Matter of the Termination … Continue reading

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