31st Judicial District Court
Jefferson Davis Parish

Jennings,  Louisiana (337) 824-3506

31st Judicial District Court of Jefferson Davis Parish Louisiana
Families in Need of Services

WHAT IS FINS?
Families in Need of Services (FINS) became effective in all courts having juvenile jurisdiction on July 1, 1994, as Title VII of the Louisiana Children’s Code.

PURPOSE:
FINS, or Families in Need of Services, is designed to assist troubled children (ages 10-17) and their families by providing information about various community resources making appropriate referrals.

GOAL:
The goal of FINS is to reduce the number of children involved in formal juvenile court by referring children and families to necessary services and programs, such as counseling, substance abuse treatment, tutoring, and many more.  A FINS officer will monitor each family’s case regularly to ensure that all services and referrals are making a positive difference.

 WHEN SHOULD FINS ASSISTANCE BE REQUESTED?

  • If a child is truant and/or repeatedly violates school rules
  • If a child is a runaway
  • If a child is ungovernable
  • If a child has committed an act which, if committed by and adult, would be a crime under federal, state or local law.  Such acts include but are not limited to gambling, curfew violations, alcohol possession or consumption, and tobacco use.
  • If a caretaker has caused, encouraged, or contributed to a child’s delinquent behavior

HOW DOES FINS WORK?
The FINS process begins with a written complaint submitted to the FINS Officer.

WHO CAN MAKE THE WRITTEN COMPLAINT?

  • LAW ENFORCEMENT
  • PARENTS/CARETAKERS
  • SCHOOL OFFICIALS
  • DISTRICT ATTORNEY/JUDGES

WHAT IS THE PROCESS?

  • Preliminary investigation into complaint (Screening/Referral Form)
  • Conduct conference with family and responsible agencies
  • Initiate Informal Family Service Plan Agreement (IFSPA)
  • Monitor compliance with IFSPA
  • Refer only non-compliant families to court

WHO IS THE FINS OFFICER?
The FINS Officer (or Coordinator) serves as a neutral third party, which helps to resolve individual/family conflict, by identifying problem areas and coordinating services without formal court intervention.

FINS OFFICER:
Kristen Cassidy

FINS OFFICE:
415 North Cutting Avenue
Jennings, Louisiana 70546 

TELEPHONE:
Main:  337-824-4200
Fax:  337-824-4201