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. You can file a CRA application for a child who is between the ages of 6 and 18. 

Some forms may not display properly in your browser. Please download the forms and open them using Adobe Acrobat reader. For more information, please see What to do if you can't open court PDFs.

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 are 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 are 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: 


Please see Learn about the Child Requiring Assistance case process to find out more.

Downloads for File an Application for a Child Requiring Assistance

Contact for File an Application for a Child Requiring Assistance

Help Us Improve Mass.gov with your feedback

Feedback