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Indiana Department of Child Services: Statutory Definition of CHINS


The State of Indiana defines a Child in Need of Services (CHINS) as a child, prior to his or her
18th birthday, who is experiencing one (1) or more of the conditions outlined below AND the
situation is unlikely to be remedied without the coercive intervention of the court.


Source: Indiana Department of Child Services (2020) Statutory Definition of CHINS.