Louisiana Children’s Code
Title VI. Child in Need of Care
Chapter 3. Grounds; Child in Need of Care
Art. 606 Grounds; child in need of care
A. Allegations that a child is in need of care shall assert one or more of the following grounds:
(1) The child is the victim of abuse perpetrated, aided, or tolerated by the parent or caretaker, by a person who maintains an interpersonal dating or engagement relationship with the parent or caretaker, or by a person living in the same residence with the parent or caretaker as a spouse whether married or not, and his welfare is seriously endangered if he is left within the custody or control of that parent or caretaker.
(2) The child is a victim of neglect.
(3) The child is without necessary food, clothing, shelter, medical care, or supervision because of the disappearance or prolonged absence of his parent or when, for any other reason, the child is placed at substantial risk of imminent harm because of the continuing absence of the parent.
(4) As a result of a criminal prosecution, the parent has been convicted of a crime against the child who is the subject of this proceeding, or against another child of the parent, and the parent is now unable to retain custody or control or the child’s welfare is otherwise endangered if left within the parent’s custody or control.
(5) The conduct of the parent, either as principal or accessory, constitutes a crime against the child or against any other child.
(6) The child is a victim of human trafficking or trafficking of children for sexual purposes.
<Subpar. (A)(7) effective when a child, who is a victim of commercial sexual exploitation, human trafficking, or trafficking of children for sexual purposes perpetrated by someone other than a parent or caretaker, becomes an eligible victim for which federal match funds are available through Title IV-E of 47 U.S.C. 672>
(7) The child is a victim of commercial sexual exploitation, human trafficking, as provided for in R.S. 14:46.2, or trafficking of children for sexual purposes, as provided for in R.S. 14:46.3, perpetrated by any person regardless of the perpetrator’s relationship to the child.
B. A child whose parent is unable to provide basic support, supervision, treatment, or services due to inadequate financial resources shall not, for that reason alone, be determined to be a child in need of care.
Added by Acts 1991, No. 235, § 6, eff. Jan. 1, 1992. Amended by Acts 1992, No. 705, § 1, eff. July 6, 1992; Acts 1995, No. 1095, § 2; Acts 1999, No. 1178, § 1, eff. July 9, 1999; Acts 2012, No. 446, § 6; Acts 2012, No. 730, § 1; Acts 2014, No. 564, § 8; Acts 2017, No. 376, § 1.