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Children in Need of Care

Generally, a child in need of care, or CINC, is a person less than 18 years of age who is without adequate parental care; or who has been physically, mentally or emotionally abused or neglected; or sexually abused; or who has been abandoned; or who is not attending school as required; or who is a run-a-way from home or court-ordered placement.

The Kansas Code for Care of Children seeks to remedy such circumstances in order to ensure that each child receives the care, custody, guidance, control and discipline, preferably in the child's own home, as will best serve the child's welfare and the best interests of the state.

It is the duty of the County Attorney to prepare and file the petition alleging a child to be a CINC and to appear at all hearings on the petition and in aid to the court. A CINC case may be resolved by a range of possible dispositions, up to and including termination of parental rights. The goal in the vast majority of CINC cases, however, is to successfully reintegrate the child back into the home.


Webpage last updated:  2016-06-21 16:47:14

Contact Information

Christopher B. Phelan, Attorney

Coffey County Attorney's Office
Coffey County Courthouse
110 S 6th St, Room 204
Burlington, KS 66839

Telephone: 620-364-5111 or 800-947-5124

Fax: 620-364-8531

CPhelan@coffeycountyks.org

Hours: Mon - Fri, 8 am - 5 pm