A Child Requiring Assistance (CRA) matter is a court case in which the Juvenile Court is asked to help parents and school officials supervise youth. Formally know as CHINS.
There are five kinds of Child Requiring Assistance is a child at least 6 years old who:
- repeatedly runs away from home of the parent, legal guardian or custodian (“runaway”);
- repeatedly fails to obey the lawful and reasonable rules of a parent, which interferes with the parent/guardian/custodian’s ability to adequately care for and protect the child (“stubborn child”)
- repeatedly fails to obey lawful and reasonable school regulations (“school offender”;
- willfully fails to attend school for more than 8 school days in a quarter (“truant”); and
- has been subjected to sexual exploitation (“sexually exploited child”).
Links to resources about Child Requiring Assistance (CRA) cases (formerly known as CHINS):
- Quick Reference On CRA (Child Requiring Assistance): Guide for Child Advocates in Massachusetts - Children's Law Center
- Handbook for Parents, Legal Guardians, and Custodians in Child Requiring Assistance Cases - Massachusetts Trial Court Juvenile Court Administrative Office