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Legal Topics: Child in Need of Protection or Services (CHIPS)

CHIPS actions involve the health, safety and welfare of children. The termination of parental rights can be a result. These are court proceedings. When one is a party to a CHIPS action, it is advisable to be represented by an attorney.

Statutes: (Additional statutes, regulations & opinions may apply to your specific situation.)

  • Minnesota Statues index topic for Children in Need of Protection or Services.
  • Resources:

  • Child in Need of Protection or Services (CHIPS), from the Self-Help Center.
  • Child Protection, from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Includes information on reporting.
  • Child Protection Cases, from the 4th District (Hennepin County) Courts.
  • Child Protection Forms, from the Minnesota Courts.
  • Children's Justice Initiative, from the Minnesota Courts, with links to court rules and many court documents.
  • CHIPS (Children in Need of Protection) Court, from the Eighth District courts..
  • "In the Best Interests of Your Child," a video orientation to juvenile court and child protection proceedings.
  • Judges Benchbook The Benchbook sets forth the elements of a high-quality judicial process at each stage of a child protection proceeding. Consistent with federal and state statutes, federal and state case law, and the Minnesota Rules of Juvenile Protection Procedure, the Benchbook specifies the necessary elements of a fair, thorough, and timely court process.
  • Overview of the Maltreatment of Minors Act, , from the Research Department, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Related Topics: Children Left Alone; Termination of Parental Rights


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    Minnesota State Law Library: Legal Topics: Child in Need of Protection or Services (CHIPS)

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