File an Application for a Child Requiring Assistance

Find out how and where to file an Application for a Child Requiring Assistance (CRA).

Juvenile Court

The Details of File an Application for a Child Requiring Assistance

What you need for File an Application for a Child Requiring Assistance

To start a CRA court case, you need to file an Application for a Child Requiring Assistance. 

How to file File an Application for a Child Requiring Assistance

File the CRA application in person at the correct Juvenile Court location

  • If you're a parent, legal guardian, or custodian — File in the Juvenile Court that has jurisdiction of the city or town where the child lives. 
  • If you're representing a school district — File in the Juvenile Court that has jurisdiction of the city or town where the school is located. 

More info for File an Application for a Child Requiring Assistance

Once someone files a CRA application, a notice that the application has been filed and the date for the preliminary hearing will be sent to the child's parent or guardian, the child, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) (the state's child protection agency), and the Department of Youth Services (DYS). Please see Learn about the Child Requiring Assistance case process to find out more. 

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