Children In Need of Services (CHINS)
CHINS is an abbreviation for "Child In Need of Services".
Acts that qualify as "delinquent" are excluded from the CHINS definition. In NH a CHINS is a child who is:
- Subject to compulsory school attendance (between ages 6 and 16) and who is habitually, willfully and without good and sufficient cause, truant from school;
- Under 18 years of age and who habitually runs away from home;
- Under 18 years of age and who repeatedly disregards the reasonable and lawful commands of his or her parents, guardian or custodian and places himself or herself or others in unsafe circumstances;
- Under 17 years of age and exhibits willful repeated or habitual conduct that is equivalent to violations of the criminal laws of this state if committed by an adult (excluding felonies and misdemeanors);
- Under 16 years of age and exhibits willful repeated or habitual conduct that is prohibited by the motor vehicle laws, including motor vehicle violations and misdemeanors (excludes certain motor vehicle felonies); and
- Children identified for CHINS are assigned a Juvenile Probation and Parole Office (JPPO) to provide guidance, counseling, discipline, supervision, treatment or rehabilitation and other needs of care.