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Mission, Vision & TQM Statements

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Intake Section

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Casework/Probation
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Families in Need of Services (FINS)
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Intensive Supervision Program
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Special Programs and Services

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Specialized Supervision Program

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Detention Facility Division
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Families in Need of Services (FINS)

What is Fins?
How does FINS work?
FINS Case Flow Chart

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.  It is a new approach designed to bring together resources for the purpose of helping families (troubled youth and their parents) to remedy self destructive behaviors by juveniles and/or other family members.  FINS goals are to reduce formal juvenile court involvement while generating appropriate community services to benefit the child and improve family relations. Juvenile Services is a member of the Statewide FINS Association.

How does FINS work?

The FINS process begins with a written complaint, submitted to the FINS program office alleging that a family is in need of services.  Anyone may file a complaint, however, it is most common that law enforcement, school officials and parents make the referrals.  Grounds for such a complaint are that a child is truant or has willfully and repeatedly violated lawful school rules, ungovernable, a runaway, in possession of or consuming intoxicating substances, the caretaker is contributing to the child's problematic behavior, and/or the caretaker willfully fails to attend meeting with school officials to discuss child's problem.  Once a complaint is filed, the family is expected to cooperate with efforts to resolve its problems as recommended by FINS.   If these recommendations are not followed, FINS may refer the family to court, a FINS conference, and/or a hearing before a judge.  If a hearing should happen, each and every member of the family shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court.

There are several advantages to participating in FINS.  Children and families have the opportunity to access services that are targeted to properly address the underlying causes of pre-delinquent behavior.  Following an extensive interview to assess the unique needs of each family, a family service plan may be developed.  This may be done during the initial interview or in a group conference consisting of family members and service providers.  Compliance with the service plan is monitored by a FINS officer  for a maximum of six months without further judicial order.  The child and family are not adjudicated unless there is failure by family members to cooperate with the mandates of the service plan.

FINS Case Flow Chart

FINS Case Flow Chart