There is a court program in Louisiana called "FINS" (Family In Need of Services
). It is a way of getting court assistance without prosecuting the child for a crime.
That link shows the process for getting help. Essentially, FINS services are available in many different situations, including the following:
1. Child is truant or has wilfully and repeatedly violated lawful school rules
2. Child is ungovernable
3. Child is a runaway
4. Child repeatedly possessed or consumed alcohol, or that he has misrepresented his age for the purpose of purchasing or receiving alcohol, or has repeatedly loitered around any place where such alcohol is the principal commodities sold or handled.
5. Child committed an offense applicable only to children. [Smoking/purchasing tobacco.
6. Child under 10 years of age committed any act which if committed by an adult would be a crime under any federal, state, or local law.
By making a FINS complaint, you could access services that will address the underyling causes of pre-delinquent behavior. The FINS program will interview the family and develop a service plan. They will then monitor the plan. This process does not get your child in trouble and is not intended to be a punishment.
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