"Delinquent" is the term used by the juvenile court the same way "guilty" is used in an adult court. A delinquent child is a minor who has committed a crime under Georgia law, or the laws of another state, and is in need of treatment and rehabilitation.
A dependent child is one who has been abused, neglected, or is without a parent or legal guardian and is in need of protection by the government. The child is therefore dependent on the government for the protection of his or her well-being.
CHINS is the acronym for Child in Need of Services. A child in need of services is one that is in need of care, guidance, counseling, structure, supervision, treatment, or rehabilitation. A child in need of services is one who has committed an offense that is only a violation of the law because he/she is a minor child.
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