Category Archives: CHINS

DCS and Native American Children

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978 is a federal law that pertains to the removal of a Native American child from the home during a CHINS or termination of parental rights case.  The ICWA mandates that the child’s … Continue reading

Posted in CHINS, Court Proceedings, Racial Disparity, TPR | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Substance Abuse and Child Safety Task Force – Second Meeting

The Substance Abuse and Child Safety Task Force of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children met for the second time on June 25, 2014.  The title of the task force is a bit of a misnomer, as the … Continue reading

Posted in CHINS, DOC, Mental Health, Substance Abuse | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

National Reunification Month — June

The American Bar Association, Center on Children and the Law (ABA) sponsors National Reunification Month each June.  Many states host activities, but none are listed in Indiana.  The ABA National Reunification Month website lists planning tools for reunification celebrations, as well … Continue reading

Posted in CHINS, DCS, TPR | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Child Welfare — A Guide for Educators

What is Child Welfare?: A Guide for Educators from the Child Welfare Information Gateway highlights how educators and the Indiana Department of Child Services can and should work together.  Obviously, a key role is to identify possible abuse and neglect … Continue reading

Posted in CHINS, DCS | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

DCS Oversight Committee May 2014 Meeting

The DCS Oversight Committee did meet in May after a hiatus since October 2013, and since being named a task force under the umbrella of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children.  The meeting minute are here. Of note … Continue reading

Posted in Child Development, CHINS, Crossover Youth, DCS, Disposition, Mental Health | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Juvenile Offenders are Often Juvenile Victims Too — Rethinking Juvenile Justice

The National Juvenile Justice Network has published A House Divided No More: Common Cause for Juvenile Justice Advocates, Victim Advocates, and Communities, which details research that many juvenile offenders are also victims of crime.  The paper calls for a broader … Continue reading

Posted in CHINS, Crimes, Crossover Youth | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Attorneys for CASA/GAL

Attorneys should be appointed for court appointed special advocates (CASA’s) and guardian ad litems (GAL’s) to ensure that the CASA/GAL’s are as effective as possible in representing the best interests of the child in juvenile court.  While representation of a … Continue reading

Posted in CHINS, Court Appointed Special Advocate CASA, Guardian ad Litem GAL, Right to Counsel, TPR | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment