Families in Need of Services (FINS) is a program designed to provide youth and their parents with resources that will help to change lifelong behaviors and keep them out of our juvenile and adult court systems. To participate in the FINS program, a written complaint form must be submitted. Anyone may file a complaint. Most common, however, law enforcement, school officials, and parents make referrals. The complaint must allege at least one of the following grounds:
By participating in the FINS program, children and families have the opportunity to access services that are targeted to properly address the underlying causes of pre-delinquent behavior. Following an extensive interview to assess the unique needs of each family, a family service plan is developed. Compliance with the service plan is monitored by the FINS Intake Officer for a maximum of six months without further judicial order. FINS is an informal process designed to focus on the family unit, rather than just the child.
If you would like further information on how to submit a complaint, please contact Jennifer Metcalf, FINS Intake Officer for the Third Judicial District Court at (318) 513-6232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.