The goal of the Louisiana juvenile court system in child custody cases is to protect the best interests of the child and ensure that they are in a safe and stable living environment.
The juvenile court system has authority over cases involving juveniles who are under the age of 18 and who are accused of committing delinquent acts or status offenses. Delinquent acts are offenses that would be considered crimes if committed by an adult, such as theft, assault, or drug offenses. Status offenses are acts that are only considered offenses because of the age of the offender, such as truancy or running away from home.
In addition to delinquent acts and status offenses, the juvenile court system also has jurisdiction over cases involving juveniles who are in need of care or protection due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment by their parents or legal guardians. These cases can include child custody, foster care, and other forms of child welfare. Overall, the juvenile court system has authority over cases involving juveniles who are in need of protection or intervention due to their behavior or their family situation.
In some cases, the juvenile court system may be involved in the adoption process. This may happen when the child is in the custody of the state or if there are other issues that need to get addressed before the adoption can get finalized.