At Risk Youth/Child in Need of Services Petitions

An At Risk Youth (ARY) petition and Child in Need of Services (CHINS) petition are similar in concept but drastically different in operation. Both seek juvenile court intervention where a conflict exists in the home; however, the operation and impact of each is unique.

For example, a parent may file an ARY petition where the child is beyond the parents control due to an escalation in dangerous behaviors that pose a danger to the youth’s health, safety or welfare and the parent wants the courts assistance in monitoring the child.

On the other hand, a child, parent, or the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) may file a CHINS petition where a serious conflict exists between the parent and child that cannot be resolved by delivery of services to the family during continued placement of the child in the parental home.

With that said, there are significant resources throughout the greater Spokane area to help families resolve conflicts. With help, these resources can be invaluable to solving familial conflict.

Statutory Authority

RCW 13.32A Et seq.

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