In addition to criminal matters, probation agency staff also facilitate civil (non-offender) cases such as At-Risk Youth (ARY) petitions, Child in Need of Services (CHINS) petitions, Truancy petitions, and Emancipation petitions. A parent who is concerned about the welfare and safety of his or her child can file an ARY petition. The purpose of this petition is to enable parents to regain control of their child with the assistance of the court. A CHINS petition is filed when there is a need to remove the child from the home while court intervention and family assistance takes place. A truancy petition is filed by a school district when a child fails to attend school as required by the compulsory attendance laws. Children who violate the orders of the court in an ARY, CHINS, or truancy case can be placed in detention. Washington state allows minors 16 and 17 to petition the court for emancipation. To be emancipated means taking on the rights and responsibilities of an adult, which otherwise comes with reaching the age of majority (18). The process requires a filing fee of $50, and petitioners (those seeking to become emancipated) must provide the court with the following information: petitioner’s full name, birthdate, state/county of birth, present address (and length of residence at this address), certified copy of birth certificate, name and last known address of petitioner's parents or guardians, and declaration by petitioner stating that he or she is able to manage his or her own affairs (financial, personal, social, educational, etc.).
Contact: Delia Garcia, Becca Coordinator
Phone: (509) 667-6350