Children (under age 18) are deemed to be "in the need of assistance" if there is apparent abuse (physical, sexual, emotional) or neglect by a caretaker.
The juvenile court usually becomes involved at a "shelter care" hearing. A judge or master decides if the child should remain at home. This is followed by an adjudication hearing to decide if the concerns raised by Child Protective Services are true. Finally, the court will look at whether the child needs the court's assistance. The last two steps are usually taken on the same day. If you involved in one these cases, the Firm expertise in these cases can effectively represent you.