What is a chins petition and what is the parents responsibility financially to the state if the Chins is order?
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Re: Chins petition
CHINS is an acronym for "child in need of services". The petition is normally brought by the
Office of the Commonwealth Attorney at the behest
of the local social services agency and is heard
in the Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court. After a hearing on the petition and what is being requested in terms of services for the particular child, the court will then decide whether to make an order granting the various
requests, or, perhaps, only some of them, or
none at all, and dismiss the petition.
If services are ordered and provided for the child, there may be some financial liability for the parent(s) responsible for the child.