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Compassionate But Fierce Protection During Indiana CHINS Cases

DCS is responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of Indiana’s children, assessing reports of child abuse and neglect and initiating court cases when necessary. DCS initiates CHINS cases when they deem a child in need of services due to abuse, neglect or other endangering circumstances.

Facing the intimidating Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) or a Children in Need of Services (CHINS) case is terrifying for families. At Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C., we understand the emotional and legal challenges that come with these sensitive situations. Our firm has been a supportive pillar in the community for 25 years, offering a helping hand to parents and guardians in retaining or regaining custody of their children. With more than 100 years of combined experience, our family law attorneys in Indianapolis are committed to guiding parents and guardians through the intricacies of DCS/CHINS cases.

The Importance Of A Lawyer In DCS/CHINS Cases

When the DCS steps in, it is critical to understand the implications. DCS may open a CHINS case for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Allegations of child abuse or neglect
  • Signs of malnutrition, poor hygiene or unexplained injuries in a child
  • Frequent absenteeism from school without justification
  • Domestic violence in the presence of a child
  • Arrests related to drug offenses
  • Incidents involving drunk driving with children in the vehicles

Each of these situations can lead to DCS classifying a child as a CHINS. This may result in the child remaining in the home under supervision, being placed with relatives, or going into foster care. Immediate legal representation is crucial when dealing with DCS. Our board-certified family lawyers ensure that you have a voice during assessments and court proceedings. We assist with the initial interviews, advising on when and how to communicate with DCS and formulating responses that protect your family’s interests. If you need to challenge a substantiation or seek expungement of an offense, we have the experience to do so.

Contact An Indianapolis DCS/CHINS Lawyer Immediately

It is critical that you engage an experienced family law attorney right away when dealing with a DCS investigation or case. Please call us at 317-660-8150 or send us an email to schedule your initial consultation with one of our caring team members.