No. 49S05-1309-JC-585.

2 N.E.3d 1283 (2014)

In the Matter of S.D., Alleged to be a Child in Need of Services J.B., Appellant (Respondent), v. Indiana Department of Child Services, Appellee (Petitioner).

Supreme Court of Indiana.

February 12, 2014.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Amy Karozos , Greenwood, IN, Attorney for Appellant.

Gregory F. Zoeller , Attorney General of Indiana, Robert J. Henke , Deputy Attorney General, Patrick M. Rhodes , Marion County Department of Child Services, Indianapolis, IN, Attorneys for Appellee.

RUSH, Justice.

Child in need of services (CHINS) cases aim to help families in crisis — to protect children, not punish parents. Our focus, then, is on the best interests of the child and whether the child needs help that the parent will not be willing or able to provide — not whether the parent is somehow "guilty" or "deserves" a CHINS adjudication. But that help comes not by invitation, but...

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