A Child In Need Of Care (CINC) Case
Can be Fraught with Emotion:
How to Get Through It All

Child In Need of Care (CINC) cases are often heartbreaking.

A child or teenager may have been subjected to abuse, mistreatment, neglect or other endangerment. Concerned grandparents, foster parents, or other guardians now feel compelled to step in to supervise and shield the child from additional harm. In some cases, there is a child or teenager exhibiting behavior that is out of control.

These types of family law cases are among the most emotionally charged. The child (or children) at risk may not fully grasp the legal, logistical, or emotional implications in this highly specialized field of law. That’s why it’s incredibly helpful for those concerned about the child’s welfare to get educated and to obtain appropriate, experienced legal counsel. Kansas’ child in need of care laws can help concerned parties bypass the foster care system and take direct, concrete action to protect a child’s welfare.

Examples of Child In Need of Care Cases:

A Child Runs Away

Say a Johnson, Wyandotte, or Miami County pre-teenager runs away from an abusive home. She does not have a safe place to stay. She is in danger of malnutrition, violence, and more abuse. The experienced Johnson County, KS family law firm, Fletcher Rohrbaugh & Chahine, LLP can protect the runaway’s safety and rights and answer the questions of concerned parents and relatives.

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Drug Addicted Baby

Sadly, many pregnant mothers disobey doctors’ orders and ingest highly addictive drugs, such as cocaine, methamphetamines, opiates, and worse. Drug abuse can have horrible effects on the child’s development. Concerned relatives – such as an estranged ex-spouse or a grandparent – may want to sever the drug addicted mother’s rights of care over the child.

These situations are often extremely delicate and sad. The team at Fletcher, Rohrbaugh & Chahine LLP will walk you step by step through the procedure and give you tools and resources to simplify the child in need of care process, at least from a logistical point of view.

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Abused or Neglected Children

Consider the sad case of abused and neglected children in Johnson, Wyandotte, Douglas, and Miami Counties. Perhaps the father is addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Perhaps he takes out his aggression on his children. Or maybe both parents are too sick, confused or otherwise incapacitated to take care of their children — to provide them basic necessitates, like good food and shelter.

Again, the team at Fletcher, Rohrbaugh & Chahine, LLP will give you sensitive guidance to help protect these children and, if need be, terminate an abusive or neglectful parent’s rights.


Depending on the situation, the child in need of care may ultimately be placed for adoption or permanent custodianship, or be afforded an independent living arrangement. In many cases, experienced counsel can help facilitate parent access to educational and recovery programs to satisfy the concerns held by loved ones in an effort to reintegrate the child back into the home of the parent.

For more information about Child In Need of Care law, connect with the attorneys at Fletcher, Rohrbaugh & Chahine, LLP at www.kansasmissourilaw.com, or call us for a free confidential evaluation.

Kansas City Metro
601 N. Mur-Len, Suite 20
Olathe, KS  66062
Phone:  (913) 390-8555

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Lawrence, KS  66044
Phone:  (785) 289-8851

We also provide free resources on our website to help family law clients. Connect with us today and start working towards preserving the child’s rights and welfare.

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Fletcher, Rohrbaugh & Chahine, LLP represents people in Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri including; Johnson County KS, Miami County KS, Wyandotte County KS, Douglas County KS, Leavenworth County KS, Jackson County MO, Platte County MO, and Cass County MO.

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