What is a Child in Need of Protection Services (CHIPS)?
CHIPS means a child who is in need of protection or services because the child:
- Is abandoned or without parent, guardian or custodian;
- Has been a victim of physical or sexual abuse, resides with or has resided with a victim of domestic abuse, resides with or would reside with a perpetrator of domestic child abuse or child abuse, or is a victim of emotional maltreatment as defined by statute;
- Is without necessary food, clothing, shelter, education , or other required care for the child’s physical or mental health or morals because the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian is unable or unwilling to provide that care
- Is without the special care made necessary by a physical, mental, or emotional condition because the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian is unable or unwilling to provide that care, including a child in voluntary placement due solely to the child’s developmental disability or emotional disturbance.
- Is medically neglected, which includes, but is not limited to, the withholding of medically indicated treatment from a disabled infant with a life-threatening condition. (reasonable medical judgment)
- Is one whose parent, guardian or other custodian for good cause desires to be relieved of the child’s care and custody, including a child in placement according to voluntary release by the parent.
- Has been placed for adoption or care in volition of law;
- Is without proper parental care because of emotional, mental, or physical disability, or state of immaturity of the child’s parent, guardian or other custodian
- Is one whose behavior, condition or environment is such as to be injurious or dangerous to the child or others
- An injurious or dangerous environment may include, but is not limited to, the exposure of a child to criminal activity in the child’s home;
- Is experiencing growth delays, which may be referred to as failure to thrive, that have been diagnosed by a physician and are due to parental neglect;
- Has engaged in prostitution
- Has committed a delinquent act or a juvenile petty offense before becoming 10 years old
- Is a runaway
- Is a habitual truant, or
- Has been found incompetent to proceed or has been found not guilty by reason of mental illness or mental deficiency in connection with a delinquency proceeding, an extended jurisdiction juvenile prosecution, or a proceeding involving a juvenile petty offense.