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CHILDREN IN NEED OF SERVICES (CINS/FINS)
Children in Need of Services (CINS/FINS)
The Children’s Courthouse and Juvenile Justice Center also has jurisdiction over Children in Need of Services and Families in Need of Service cases. This case type is used for families that do not have open delinquency or dependency cases. Caregivers, parents, guardian seek assistance from the court in order to try to find services to help with their families and children.

As per the Department of Juvenile Justice website a Families In Need of Services (FINS) is a family that has a child for whom there is no pending investigation of abuse, neglect, or abandonment, or no court-ordered supervision by the Department of Juvenile Justice or the Department of Children and Families for an adjudication of dependency or delinquency. The child must also have been referred to a contracted agency of the Department of Juvenile Justice for:

  • Running away or threatening to run away from parents or legal guardian or custodian; and/or
  • Disobeying the reasonable and lawful demands of parents or legal guardian or custodian and being beyond their control; and/or
  • Truancy from school or other school related problems; and/or
  • Lockouts/Homeless youth.
A family in need of services is defined in Florida Statute §984.03(27) and is not an adjudicated status.
As per the Department of Juvenile Justice website a Child In Need of Services (CINS) is an adjudication status for a child for whom there is no pending investigation into an allegation or suspicion of abuse, neglect, or abandonment; no pending referral alleging the child is delinquent; or no current supervision by the Department of Juvenile Justice or the Department of Children and Families for an adjudication of dependency or delinquency. The Court must also find the child:
  • To have persistently run away from the child’s parents or legal custodians despite reasonable efforts of the child, the parents or legal custodians, and appropriate agencies to remedy the conditions contributing to the behavior; and/or
  • To be habitually truant from school, while subject to compulsory school attendance, despite reasonable efforts to remedy the situation pursuant to and through voluntary participation by the child’s parents or legal custodians and by the child in family counseling services, and treatment offered; and/or
  • To have persistently disobeyed the reasonable and lawful demands of the child’s parents or legal custodian, and to be beyond their control despite efforts by the child’s parents or legal custodians, and appropriate agencies to remedy the conditions contributing to the behavior.
Families in need of Services will have access to a continuum of services. Youth, under the age of eighteen, who meet the Children in Need of Services criteria, are eligible for judicial intervention following an attempt to engage and serve the youth and their family within the FINS continuum.
For additional information please go to (http://www.djj.state.fl.us/Prevention/CINSFINS.html)
 
 

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