Child in Need of Aid (CINA) Procedures

Child In Need of Aid (CINA) Procedures

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The law protects minors (children under the age of 18) from abuse or neglect by parents or others the children live with.  The state Office of Children’s Services (OCS) is responsible for protecting children who are in danger.  When OCS goes to court to protect a child, the case is called a child in need of aid (CINA) case.  This part explains what happens in a CINA case.