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What kinds of cases are in juvenile court?

Juvenile court handles five kinds of cases related to children:

  • Child in Need of Assistance (CINA) cases, which typically involve abused, abandoned, or neglected children and sometimes lead to termination of parental rights (TPR).
  • Delinquency cases, which involve acts by a minor that would be considered criminal acts if committed by an adult.
  • Serious mental impairment or substance-related disorder commitments.
  • Adoption cases.
  • Guardianships for minors.

There is additional information concerning these case types on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at:
For more information on juvenile court, see the Guide to Iowa’s Court System, pages 7-8, available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at:

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