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Juvenile Law

The attorneys at Neighborhood Law Group of Iowa represent parents and children in a variety of juvenile law matters including:

Child in Need of Assistance (CINA) Cases

Termination Proceedings

Delinquency Matters


Juvenile Law

CINA cases originate with a referral to the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) and may involve the juvenile court. These cases can include removal of the children from the parents’ care. The juvenile court proceedings involve several hearings that can result in the return of the child to the home, guardianship of the child with another suitable person, or termination of a parent’s parental rights. Termination of a parent’s rights permanently severs the legal rights and responsibilities of a parent to their child. If you are involved in any juvenile proceeding or have been contacted by DHS, it is important that you seek the assistance of an attorney.

Delinquency cases involve allegations that a juvenile has engaged in criminal activity and may involve the juvenile court. The juvenile court will make determinations as to the child’s guilt and placement. The child could be placed outside the home in residential treatment or in a state institution. Delinquency cases can have a lasting effect on a child’s life and criminal record, so it is important you seek the assistance of an attorney to help your child determine the best course of action when faced with potential charges.

Adoptions commonly arise following juvenile court proceedings, or if a step-parent desires to adopt a step-child. We work with families to finalize adoptions stemming from Juvenile Court matters, as well as private step-parent and disestablishment of paternity/private adoptions. A successful adoption is one of the most rewarding experiences for a family but involves specific requirements and strict deadlines.