CHINS cases

About CHINS in Indiana

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CHINS stands for "Child in Need of Services" and refers to a minor child who is suspected of having been abused, neglected, or endangered. The Department of Child Services (DCS) can intervene on behalf of the State of Indiana in order to delcare the child a CHINS. A Child Protective Services (CPS) worker will investigate the allegations and, if they are substantiated, may take subsequent action to protect the child, including removing the child from the parent(s) or guardian(s).