WHAT IS FINS?
Families in Need of Services (FINS) became effective in all courts having juvenile jurisdiction on July 1, 1994, as Title VII of the Louisiana Children’s Code.
FINS, or Families in Need of Services, is designed to assist troubled children (ages 10-17) and their families by providing information about various community resources making appropriate referrals.
The goal of FINS is to reduce the number of children involved in formal juvenile court by referring children and families to necessary services and programs, such as counseling, substance abuse treatment, tutoring, and many more. A FINS officer will monitor each family’s case regularly to ensure that all services and referrals are making a positive difference.
WHEN SHOULD FINS ASSISTANCE BE REQUESTED?
HOW DOES FINS WORK?
The FINS process begins with a written complaint submitted to the FINS Officer.
WHO CAN MAKE THE WRITTEN COMPLAINT?
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
WHO IS THE FINS OFFICER?
The FINS Officer (or Coordinator) serves as a neutral third party, which helps to resolve individual/family conflict, by identifying problem areas and coordinating services without formal court intervention.
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