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  • ARY (At-Risk Youth) petitions

    ARY petitions are filed by parents or legal guardian requesting help from the court to resolve family conflicts, treat substance abuse problems, or to prevent a youth from engaging in self-destructive behavior. Read More

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  • CHINS (Child in Need of Services) petitions

    A CHINS petition is a petition filed in court requesting that a child be placed in a residence other than the home of their parents or legal guardians. This resources explains when a CHINS petition is appropriate. Read More

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  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse for Youth

    Questions and answers about access to treatment and involuntary and voluntary inpatient treatment for youth. Read More

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