Child in Need of Care (CINC)

Determining the Best Interests of the Child

Courts make a variety of decisions that affect children, including placement and custody determinations, safety and permanency planning, and proceedings for termination of parental rights. Whenever a court makes such a determination, judges must weigh whether the decision will be … Read More


Why Relative Placement Is Best for a Child in Need of Care

While a foster home can care for a child, there are often many relatives willing to step up, and there is no comparison to the benefits of a family’s love and connection. By Avery Alexson Guidry Child in Need of … Read More


What You Need to Know About Child in Need of Care Cases in Louisiana (Quick Guide)

Authored By: Lagniappe Law Lab The information in this post is from the Louisiana Bar Foundation and its Lagniappe Law Lab. Link to site. The step by step chart is very short and direct – worth a quick review! Infographic: … Read More

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Qualifications and Standards for Attorneys Representing Children in Need of Care

Background Since its enactment in 1974, CAPTA has required appointment of a “guardian ad litem” in “every case involving an abused or neglected child which results in a judicial proceeding.” States must meet this requirement, among others, in order to … Read More

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Benchcards – Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys

Benchcards for Judicial Safety Decision Making These benchcards were published as an accompanying tool to the book Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys.  The full text of the book in PDF can be accessed online. Click here. Author: Theresa … Read More

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Louisiana Child in Need of Care (CINC) Flowchart

The attached file depicts the Louisiana Child in Need of Care (CINC) process. This flowchart was developed by the Pelican Center for Children and Families in 2017. View the flowchart as PDF document.

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Louisiana CINC Benchbook

The Court Improvement Program of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Louisiana Judicial College, and Pelican Center for Children and Families is delighted to announce the publication of the Louisiana Child in Need of Care Benchbook for Juvenile Judges. The Benchbook project is a … Read More