A guardian is a person appointed by the court to advocate for the best interest of a child involved in Juvenile Court. The core function of a guardian is an objective examination of the child’s situation to assist the court in understanding the child’s true circumstances and needs. A guardian’s role is to ensure every child lives in a safe, healthy permanent family. Our mission statement is “to provide effective, independent advocacy in the best interest of children before the court”.
The Diversion program provides early intervention to youth entering the juvenile court system due to status offense charges. The program helps youth and families address the issues that have led to law enforcement involvement in order to prevent further advancement into the juvenile court system.
- Assessment and counseling
- Develop a plan to address concerns that led to citation.
- Individual counseling and case management
- Crisis intervention
- Referral to other Youthworks services including mentoring, family counseling, anger management counseling, academic assistance or independent living groups.
- Referral to community programs.
- Progress reporting to the Juvenile Court, as needed.
Eligibility: Youth referred by the Juvenile Court due to citation.
Parental consent is required and parental participation is highly encouraged.
- Thomas Cook, Program Manager, 701-232-8558, firstname.lastname@example.org