Child in Need of Services (CHINS)
The purpose of a Child in Need of Services (CHINS) petition is to obtain a court order mandating placement of a child in a residence other than the home of his/her parent because a serious conflict exists between the parent and child. The placement is temporary, and the goal of CHINS is reunification of the family.
This action is taken when the conflict in the home cannot be resolved and reasonable efforts have been made to prevent removal of the child from the parental home.
CHINS petitions may be filed by a child under 18, parent/legal guardian, or the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).
The petitioner MUST have had contact with Family Reconciliation Services (FRS) and be able to provide a Family Assessment verification with the Child in Need of Services petition. Please call FRS at (253) 983-6100 or 1-800-422-7517. If you are calling after 4:30pm on a weekend or holiday, call 1-800-562-5624.
Tara RodriguezSupervisor Ph: (253) 798-7940 Staff Directory