A “Child in Need of Services” under Georgia law means a child who is in need of care, guidance, counselling, structure, supervision, treatment, or rehabilitation AND meets one of the following criteria:
Habitually truant from school
Habitually disobedient of the reasonable commands of his or her parent/guardian/legal parent/guardian/legal parent/guardian/legal custodi
Committed an offense applicable only to a child
Wanders or loiters about the streets, highway, or any public place, between the hours of 12:00 A.M and 5:00 A.M. Disobeys the terms of supervision contained in a court order which has been directed to such child, who has been adjudicated a CHINS
Patronized any bar where alcoholic beverages are being sold, unaccompanied by his orher parent parent/guardian/legal custodian, or who possesses alcoholic beverages
Committed a delinquent act and is in need of supervision but not in need of treatment o rehabilitation
Who can file a CHINS Complaint?
A complaint is an initial pleading describing the circumstances believed to require the court’s intervention It can be filed by the child’s parent, guardian, or legal custodian, or by a DFCS employee, a school official, a law enforcement officer, or an attorney.
What services are provided?
Gathering information to assess the family's needs and crisis counseling
Making referrals to public and private providers for such services as counseling, substance abuse assessments, and parent training, afterschool tutoring and summer enrichment programs
Staffing with the Richmond County Juvenile Court CHINS Coordinator
Making recommendations and reporting progress to the court
How do I contact the CHINS Office?
All complaints can be filed at the CHINS offices located at
Tubman Learning Center-3rd floor-1740 Walton Way-Augusta, Georgia 30904 and Richmond County Municipal Building-Suite 610- 535 Telfair Street-Augusta, Georgia 30901