On this page, you’ll find useful information about two key topics pertaining to juvenile law: Child in Need of Assistance (CINA) cases and juvenile delinquency cases. As adults, it’s up to us to advocate for children when they are unable to do so themselves. So, please, regardless of your relationship to the child or children in question, don’t hesitate to speak up in order to get them the help they need.
Child in Need of Assistance Cases
In Iowa, a Child in Need of Assistance (CINA) is defined as a child who has been abused, neglected, or otherwise mistreated to the point that they are in physical danger in their current home environment. If you’ve seen signs of any of the following, contact me immediately or at least report your suspicions to Child Protective Services:
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Drug Use
- General Inadequate Care (parents or guardians cannot or will not provide adequate food, clothing, medical care, and/or other necessities)
As an attorney with more than three decades of experience handling these types of cases, I am not only able but also extremely willing to act as a guardian ad litem for children in these situations. “Guardian ad litem” is simply the legal term for an attorney who represents a minor child throughout the course of their legal proceedings. They ensure that the child’s voice is heard and also take the initiative to investigate and recommend their own ideas on what actions would be in the best interests of the child.
To learn more about the specifics of the CINA process, I encourage you to read my blog post about CINA processes and timelines.