Seattle Lawyer For At-Risk Youth And CHINS Cases

From the office of Kenneth F. Bromet, Attorney at Law, I provide dedicated representation for juveniles facing complicated legal issues. With more than 35 years of experience as a lawyer, I have handled thousands of juvenile court cases of every ilk, including Children in Need of Services (CHINS) hearings and at-risk youth petitions. I have also represented juveniles and parents with CHINS petitions. I am committed to helping my clients pursue and obtain effective solutions to their issues.

Seattle Attorney For At-Risk Youth And CHINS Cases

I understand the emotional and stressful situations that can cause parents to seek relief from the court. With a Washington at-risk youth petition, you are basically giving a judge authority to establish rules for an out-of-your-control child. These petitions are designed to provide structure for an out-of-your-control juvenile, while also providing counseling and other services as necessary or appropriate for the family. I have handled any number of at-risk youth petitions involving children:

  • Skipping school
  • Abusing medications
  • Taking drugs
  • Picking fights at home
  • Disobeying curfew

Following an initial hearing, a judge will establish boundaries for your child and discuss the consequences, which can include time in juvenile detention if your child does not comply with the court order. The court can and will order services for parents as well, if appropriate.

CHINS petitions allow juveniles to ask the court for foster care placement or other alternatives. Typically, juveniles file these after their parents file an at-risk youth petition. However, many situations can contribute to a CHINS filing, including:

  • Child abuse
  • Neglect
  • Parental drug addiction

Additionally, parents or guardians who feel they can no longer care for a child can file the petition. Petitions are granted for nine-month durations. The purpose of CHINS petitions is to provide counseling, evaluations and groundwork for both the parents and children to work together to achieve an effective solution, while placing the child outside of the family home.

Free Initial Consultations

I provide free initial consultations to discuss your complicated juvenile law matter. Contact me to schedule a meeting at my Eastlake office.