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CINS / FINS
Children in Need of Services / Families in Need of Services Program (CINS / FINS)
The goal of both the residential and nonresidential Children in Need of Services / Families in Need of Services (CINS / FINS) Program is to reduce juvenile crime while assisting, supporting, and strengthening the youth and families in Hillsborough County.

Mission
The mission of CINS / FINS Program is to provide the highest quality care and treatment for the youth and families we serve every day.

Program Components
The Hillsborough County CINS / FINS Program has two components: residential and nonresidential services, designed to help families whose youth exhibit risk factors that make them more susceptible to becoming involved with Juvenile Delinquency or Dependency system.

The youth served in the CINS / FINS program are youth that have not been adjudicated delinquent and who have not been adjudicated dependent, but are at risk for adjudication without intervention services. These risk factors include school problems and truancy, family behavioral problems and ungovernability, runaway behaviors or homelessness, poor peer relations, and or the use of drugs and / or alcohol.

(CINS / FINS) Residential Program
Youth that are experiencing significant issues within the home and youth that need a safe place to stay may receive help through the Children in Need of Services / Families in Need of Services (CINS / FINS) Residential Program, located on Hillsborough County Division of Children’s Services Lake Magdalene Campus.

The CINS / FINS Residential Program is a short-term residential respite program which offers a youth an average length stay of 14 days for youth ages 10 to 17. While in the CINS / FINS Residential Program, youth receive individual, group and family counseling, milieu services to help youth learn more appropriate behavior and participate in family life without resorting to ungovernable behavior, a physical health screening and mental status exam, educational support, a variety of community overlay services, and behavioral incentives and recognition opportunities.

(CINS / FINS) Non-Residential Program
Youth and families may also receive help in a community setting through the Children in Need of Services / Families in Need of Services (CINS / FINS) Non-Residential Program. Trained counselors provide individual and family therapy to youth ages 7 to 17 at sites throughout Hillsborough County with flexible daytime and evening hours.

Additional aspects of the CINS / FINS program include a nationwide system of Safe Place sites where runaway youth may request services at designated sites throughout Hillsborough County and receive free transportation to the CINS/FINS shelter.

Also included in the service array is the Case Staffing Committee where parents may file a Seven-Day Letter which is a formal document to request their child’s case be brought to the attention of a judge.

Screening for services is available 24 hours a day for the CINS / FINS Residential Program and Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, for the CINS / FINS Non-Residential Program.

Other Information
Services in both the CINS / FINS Residential and Non-Residential Programs are provided free of charge and additional referral options are available to all youth and families served in the program.

Bi-lingual services are available in both the CINS / FINS Residential and Non-Residential Program.

Resources

Contact Information
CINS / FINS Program

3191 Clay Mangum Ln.
Tampa, FL 33618

Residential Services

P: 813-264-3807
ext. 163
ext. 136

Non-Residential Services
P: 813-264-3807
ext. 172
ext. 145