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Review the child protective services agency website for your state. What did you find out? 

  1. Look at your state statutes and identify whether or not your state allows street corner/stationhouse adjustments.  If so, describe the process.  If not, state why you think your            state does not allow this activity.

The following is quoted material to use for answers from the website

Unofficial Procedures: …police officers who encounter juveniles involved in delinquent activities have a number  of alternatives available for handling such juveniles. Basically, police officers may simply release the juvenile in question, release the juvenile and submit a ‘juvenile card’ briefly describing the encounter, reprimand the juvenile and release him or her, take the juvenile into custody to make a stationhouse adjustment, or arrest the juvenile and request that the state attorney file a petition in juvenile court. Only the last two alternatives involve official action. Each of the other alternatives may occur either on the street or in a police facility. These informal adjustments are commonly referred to as a street corner adjustment or a stationhouse adjustment. A typical street corner adjustment might occur when the police have been notified by a homeowner that a group of juveniles have congregated on his property and have refused to leave when asked to do so. Because the offense is not serious, and because the homeowner likely to be satisfied once the juveniles have left, the officer may simply tell the juveniles to leave and not return.  If, for some reason, the police officer is not satisfied that the orders to move on and not return will be obeyed, the officer may take the juveniles to the police station and request that the juveniles’ parents meet with them there. If and agreement can be reach among the juveniles and their parents that the event leading to the complaint will not recur, the officer may release the juveniles in what is commonly referred to as a stationhouse adjustment.”

“A station house adjustment is a diversionary program that the police …In many states…formal programs…Georgia does not have a statewide formal program, however many jurisdictions take it upon themselves to attempt to help the juvenile with this unofficial procedure.”

  1. Research the local CASA program in your area. Discuss the program and provide details on how            to get involved.

The following is quoted material to use for answers from the website

“Piedmont CASA was formed in 2000 to recruit, train and supervise volunteers who provide a voice for foster children in Juvenile Court in Barrow, Jackson, and Banks counties. It is a non-profit governed by a Board of Directors comprised of community volunteers. The Board raises funds through an annual fundraiser, CASAblanca, a casino night in the spring, and Chicken BBQ and Tennis Round Robin in October of each year.  We need your donations in this recession to continue the expansion of our services to children (Click here).

WHY CASA?
The courts and the foster care system are overloaded and children in foster care don’t get the help that they need.  You can provide that help and know in your heart that you have made a big difference to a child at a difficult time in their life.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO AS A CASA VOLUNTEER?
CASA volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of the court. You get to know the child and meet with all the important people in their life.  You gather information.  You make written recommendations to the Juvenile Court Judge about what is in the child’s best interests.  You focus on the child and on helping them to a safe and permanent home until the case is closed.

YOU ARE NEEDED!!  Next training class begins March 3, 2011, in Jackson County.    Click on Contact us for more information.

Wish list:  used computer or laptop, office supplies, craft supplies, bottled water, stamps, copy paper”

http://www.peidmontcasa.org

  1. Review the child protective services agency website for your state. What did you find out? 
  2. How many children do they service in one year? 
  3. How many children do they have available for adoption? 
  4. How do they work with the juvenile court system?

The following is quoted material to use for answers from website

A Message from the Adoption Unit Manager, Debra C. Lookabill, MSW
“The Division of Family and children Services, State Adoption Unit is committed to educating the public, private partners and DFCS field staff in regards to best practices in adoption and to facilitate and support the adoption of children in the permanent custody of the Department of Human Resources. I hope you will find this website informative, my staff knowledgeable and courteous in responding to your questions.”

Mission
Recognizing that children deserve safe, loving and nurturing relationships with permanent families, DFCS and its partners will provide a continuum of available, accessible and effective services that enable and support the placement of children in adoptive families.

  1. They see 1000’s upon 1000’s of children per year
  2. Currently 144 children available for adoption
  3. Communication with Juvenile Justice is open and forthright….

Welcome to DFCS

The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is the part of DHS that investigates child abuse; finds foster homes for abused and neglected children; helps low income, out-of-work parents get back on their feet; assists with childcare costs for low income parents who are working or in job training; and provides numerous support services and innovative programs to help troubled families.

 

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