The Foster Youth Service Program, with support from our community partners applied for and received the Foster Youth Services Juvenile Detention Grant. With this grant we have expanded and enhanced our existing programming by including those foster youth who have entered or are at risk of entering the delinquency system. It is the firm belief of Foster Youth Services that through additional supports and services we can increase academic achievement and reduce recidivism rates among foster youth in both the dependency and delinquency systems.
The Juvenile Detention grant serves the following students:
- Foster youth whose cases are heard on the Dual Jurisdiction Calendar, but remain in the dependency system. These youth are deemed at high risk for becoming adjudicated, and services are targeted at maintaining them in the dependency system.
- Foster youth currently detained at Juvenile Hall, whose cases appear on the Dual Jurisdiction calendar, and who transition from the Dependency system to the Delinquency system. This population of detained youth tends to remain in Juvenile Hall significantly longer than the non-foster youth. This is a result of their foster care status. Foster youth lack a stable family system; therefore an out of home placement must be identified in order for them, to be released into the community.
- Youth whose cases are carried in the Department of Probation’s Placement Unit. These youth have been released from incarceration, are attending Community schools and will require assistance as they transition to comprehensive schools within their communities and as they prepare to transition out of care. These youth are residing in group homes or foster homes throughout San Diego County.
- Collaboration with Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent Program and Juvenile Court and Community Schools for Juvenile Detention grant eligible youth in classrooms.
- Follow up and case management of youth heard on the Dual Jurisdiction Calendar and documentation of these cases into a dual jurisdiction database.
- Educational Case Management with youth whose cases are carried in the Department of Probation’s Placement Unit and who are placed in local group homes or foster homes.
- On-going educational advocacy, referral and training information.
For more information on the Juvenile Detention Grant, please contact:
Violeta Mora, MPA