Overview of Iowa's Juvenile
The juvenile court is a
specialized court within the district court that presides over four kinds of
cases related to children:
in Need of Assistance (CINA) cases most typically involve abused, abandoned, or
neglected children, and sometimes lead to termination of parental rights.
cases involve acts that would be considered criminal acts if committed by an
proceedings involve the placement of a child in a hospital or other treatment
facility for mental illness or a substance abuse problem.
Each year thousands of Iowa
children come under the umbrella of the juvenile court. This outline is a brief
overview of the juvenile court system and its procedures.