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Family Court Intake, Investigation, Supervision


    We meet with prospective petitioners regarding the advisability of filing a petition in custody/visitation and family offense matters.  We assist them in their attempts to resolve their differences and/or come up with a formal agreement through our Diversion process.  When Court intervention is sought, the Family Court typically orders us to attempt to mediate the case prior to commencing a custody or visitation investigation.  People seeking Orders of Protection are screened and advised of their right to pursue such through the Family Court, the Criminal Court, and/or both, if applicable. 

    In addition to preparing custody/visitation/home study investigations, our Department also conducts adoption investigations

    We are occasionally ordered to supervise adults through the Family Court for Support matters or Family Offense proceedings.


    Juvenile Delinquent (JD) - a person over seven years old and under sixteen years old who commits an act which if had been committed by an adult, would constitute a crime.
    Person In Need of Supervision (PINS) - a person less than eighteen years of age who does not attend school in accordance with the education law or who is incorrigible, ungovernable, or habitually disobedient and beyond the lawful control of a parent or other person legally responsible for such child's care, or who possesses or uses illegal drugs or controlled substances.

    Our JD/PINS Unit has been operational since 1/1/2003.  We contract with the Department of Social Services to provide intensive supervision in JD and PINS cases.  PINS Diversion is State mandated.  In Franklin County, Probation is the lead agency.  Probation and DSS staff handles the assigned cases.  This joint venture has been very successful, resulting in the prevention/reduction of numerous placements of youth.

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