Client and Family Resources
Parents play an important role in the juvenile justice system, acting as both caregivers and advocates for their children. Here are a few online resources to help families stay informed and provide their juveniles with much-needed support.
Demystifying the Court Process
The California Courts provide this guide to the Juvenile Justice System.
Direct Juvenile Advocacy
Loyola Law School offers a variety of free clinics that will help represent you in court. These clinics include the Juvenile Justice and Fair Sentencing Clinic, the Juvenile Justice Clinic, and the Youth Justice Information Clinic.
Family, Probation, and Re-entry Services
The Institute for Multicultural Counseling & Education Services
provides wraparound services for probation youth and their families. Their team model helps bring families together by offering separate supports for the parents and youth.
The CASASTART program offers support and a safe space for children outside of regular school hours; the program aims to provide children with all the tools they need to succeed. All programs are composed of eight core services: social support, family services, education services (i.e., tutoring/homework assistance), out-of-school/summer activities, mentoring, morale-building incentives, community policing and juvenile justice intervention. Each child enrolled in CASASTARTSM receives an individual service plan featuring all of these eight core services. Each student has a case manager who meets with him/her several times a week. Case managers also meet with students’ families at least once a month and make regular home visits to address the family context and see what additional services may be needed.
A Better LA funds several programs focused on youth employment, educational opportunities, counseling, re-entry adaptation, gang intervention, and more.
The Juvenile Law Center sponsors a program called Juveniles for Justice, which empowers juveniles by offering them the chance to become Youth Advocates. The role of a Youth Advocate is to try to effect change in the system that they were once a part of. The 2015-2016 team advocated for a higher education plan, which would support juveniles in planning and attending college.
Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services (AYE) is a faith-based organization that empowers youth through training and employment services.
Funded by the United States Department of Labor, the Urban Youth Empowerment Program (UYEP) engages at-risk and adjudicated youth for entry into the workforce through a comprehensive set of services, including case management, restorative justice, education, mentoring, internships, on-the-job training, housing assistance, and legal advice.
For Foster and Out-of-Home Youth
Similar to their Juveniles for Justice program, Youth Fostering Change
is a JLC youth engagement program, which offers youth who are currently or formerly involved in the child welfare system the opportunity to evaluate the system and develop and implement a campaign that works toward reform.
Multi-Dimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) is an alternative to group home treatment or State facilities for youth who have been removed from the home due to substance use and/or involvement in the juvenile justice system.
Continuing Your Education
The LAUSD Juvenile Hall/ Camp Returnee Program recognizes the obstacles that juveniles face when returning home after being detained and facilitates the back to school process for juvenile offenders. This brochure provides an overview of this program’s mission and support services as well as contact information for aftercare counselors who will help guide you/ your child during the camp to school transition.
SEA Charter High School currently operates seventeen education centers, which provide youth and families an alternative education model. This personalized educational program enables high-risk individuals to earn their high school diploma.
Gang Intervention & Prevention Programs in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
The Gryd Foundation offers family-oriented events that aim to deter youth away from gang related activities. They also offer tattoo removal and anonymous gun buyback programs.
A Better LA funds several programs specifically aimed at gang prevention and intervention.