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Services for Children and Youth
Child in Need of Services (CHINS)

A  youth or youth advocate can petition the Court to look into situations that clearly put the youth in danger.

At-Risk Youth

Youth who are out of control of a responsible adult can be summoned to Court and ordered to cease their at-risk behaviors (running away,drug abuse, etc.).  A case plan is drawn up to intervene to solve the problem or deal with the issues.

Truancy Program

The truancy program attempts to solve school-related problems that lead to dropping out or expulsion by enforcing the State-mandated school attendance.  The Whatcom County School Districts initiate the truancy process with the Court by petition, resulting in an Order Compelling School Attendance.