Juvenile Justice Day Services (JJD) 5: Family Involvement and Services
The organization partners with families to help them provide youth with appropriate and consistent support and supervision.
COA recognizes that involving families can be difficult. However, organizations should still strive to involve families to the extent possible, unless family contact is contraindicated. If family contact is contraindicated and the youth resides with someone other than a family member, it may be appropriate to involve that person instead.
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Juvenile Justice Day Services promote public safety and reduce the need for out-of-home placements by allowing youth to reside in their communities while they address problems and develop the attitudes and skills needed to make responsible choices, avoid negative behaviors, and become productive, connected, and law-abiding members of their communities.
Examples: The organization may help the family by, for example, providing family counseling, or linking family members with needed community resources. Although family members may receive services at the organization, it may also be appropriate to provide or arrange for the delivery of services in the home or elsewhere in the community.
Families are involved in services for youth to the extent possible and appropriate, and the organization encourages family involvement by:
including family members in scheduling decisions;
allowing participation through teleconferencing;
assisting with transportation and childcare, as needed and to the extent possible;
helping personnel develop and maintain positive relationships with family members; and
providing an environment conducive to family activities.