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Case Law Updates
Synopses of published decisions of the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Courts of Appeals containing discussions of children’s legal issues. In the synopses, the holdings deemed significant to the topic of CASA/GAL are in bold type. These updates do not substitute for a thorough review of the case law on the topic and the individual opinions by a licensed Indiana attorney.
CHINS Primer 2014
The CHINS Primer 2014 includes information on 2014 legislation and citations through Volume 8 of the North Eastern Reporter 3d.
2012 Legislative Changes to CHINS and Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship Law
This paper discusses 2012 legislation on CHINS and Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship.
Frequently Asked Questions about CHINS in Indiana
Compilation of frequently asked questions from parents and kids.
Legislative Highlights 2011
This article discusses some of the legislative changes in Senate Enrolled Act 465, which go into effect on July 1, 2011.
Guardianship and Third Party Custody Law in Indiana
This May 2013 article provides statutory and case law information for Indiana attorneys who wish to represent clients in securing guardianship or third party custody of a child. It should be noted that guardianship or custody in a responsible third party is a permanency option for CHINS pursuant to IC 31-34-21-7.5. Practice tips are included.
Guardianship Permanency Plan for CHINS
This article discusses the procedures, benefits, and detriments of guardianship as a CHINS permanency plan.
September 2010 CHINS Standard and Burden of Proof, Counsel for Parents, and Timelines
This article explains CHINS law on the legal standard and burden of proof, appointment of counsel for parents, and time requirements for hearings.
2010 Children's Safety in Permanency Planning
This article explains how Indiana paternity dissolution, and guardianship/third party custodianship law affect children's safety in permanency planning for CHINS.
2010 Legislative changes to involuntary termination of the PCR, Adop, and Paternity
This article explains 2010 legislative changes in Involuntary Termination of Parent-Child relationship, Adoption, and Paternity law.
Results of Court Improvement Program Survey
This article provides results from a survey of Indiana judges and county guardian ad litem/court appointed special advocate directors.
New Legislation on Paternity Law Effective July 1, 2009
This brief article highlights some changes to Indiana Paternity statutes which are effective July 1, 2009.
2009 Statutory and Policy Changes to Postadoption Financial Assistance
This January 2009 Article discusses some of the most significant 2009 statutory and policy changes to postadoption financial assistance.
Achieving Permanency: Preparing Evidence for Termination of Parent-Child Relationship
This August 2009 paper discusses achieving permanency for children by adoption, as well as the elements which must be proven to terminate parental rights and sources of evidence to prove them.
Indiana Paternity Law
This August 2012 paper discusses the legal presumption of paternity; the paternity affidavit to establish paternity; court action to establish paternity; and paternity in CHINS and termination of parent-child relationship proceedings.
Statutory Changes to CHINS Law Effective January 1, 2009
This paper presents some of the more significant changes to CHINS statutes which are effective January 1, 2009.
Ley de Indiana Referente al Abuso/Negligencia Infantil
Leyes sobre querellas sobre maltrato y/o abuso de menores en Indiana y las investigaciones hechas por el Departamento de Servicio a Menores de Indiana(Indiana Department of Child Services, "DCS") (Incluye enmiendas a las leyes efectivas el 1ro de Julio de 2012)
CHINS Law and Procedure Ethics Vignettes
DCS and Its Effect on Dissolution, Paternity and Guardianship Cases
This March 2013 paper explains child abuse and neglect reporting, the DCS assessment, and the impact on the DCS assessment on Family Law cases
Foster Parents' Rights in the Courtroom
This slide show presentation is regarding foster parents' rights in the courtroom. It was presented at the 31st Annual Indiana Foster Care and Adoption Association Training Conference.

CHINS Deskbook (2001) sections on CHINS
CHINS Deskbook 2001 chapter 1, Children in Need of Services (CHINS)
For additional information regarding CHINS law, also see chapters 2-11 of the CHINS Deskbook 2001.
CHINS Deskbook 2001, Appendix 1, Text of Statutes Listed in CHINS Categories Including Sex Crimes
CHINS Deskbook 2001, Appendix 2, Text of Other Crimes
CHINS Deskbook 2001, Appendix 3, pages 20-41, for Case Law Summaries
CHINS Deskbook 2001, Appendix 5, for CHINS Forms
CHINS Deskbook 2001, Chapter 6, pages 5-15, on Guardian ad Litem/Court Appointed Special Advocate
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