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Child Requiring Assistance (CRA)

As in care and protection cases, legal representation by CLCM lawyers in CRA proceedings (formerly called Child in Need of Services or CHINS proceedings) is dictated by court assignment. CRA matters are filed by parents, school officials and/or police who allege that a child/youth is repeatedly refusing to obey the reasonable rules and regulations of a parent/guardian; repeatedly runs away from home; willfully misses school (more than 8 days a quarter); repeatedly fails to follow the rules of the school; or is being sexually exploited. Legal representation in these cases also is governed by CPCS/CAFL; therefore, Children's Law Center attorneys who handle CRA matters have been certified by CPCS to do so.