The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) works to develop and advocate for federal, state, and local policies to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work. The link provides information specific to Indiana.
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In Indiana, any person who has reason to believe that a child is a victim of child abuse or neglect has a duty to make a report to Child Protective Services (CPS) or to the police.
CHINS stands for Child in Need of Services. A CHINS case is a case filed because a child has been abused or neglected.
Protects Indiana's children from further abuse or neglect and prevents, remedies, or assists in solving problems that may result in abuse, neglect, exploitation, or delinquency of children.
An Informal Adjustment is an agreement parents make with the Office of Family and Children to avoid a CHINS case. Under the Informal Adjustment, the parents agree to do certain things, such as counseling or parenting classes.
The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) creates lasting change for children in need. We are a non-profit organization that uses the law to ensure that low-income children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for a fair start in life. We work to ensure that public agencies created to protect and care for children do so effectively.
Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are a teenager who is thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home through our Home Free program. Call if you are a teacher looking for information to pass along to your students about alternatives to running from home. Call if you care about a youth and want information on how you can help someone who may be at risk of running from home. Our 24-hour crisis line has an experienced front-line team member ready to help you now. It’s anonymous, confidential and free. 1-800-RUNAWAY.
If a court terminates a parent's parental rights, that parent has no rights concerning the child. The parent has no rights to visitation or custody, and no obligation to pay future child support.