Prevention and Diversion Services

Informal Adjustment
Anger Control /Conflict Resolution Seminar
Shoplifting Seminar
Strengthening Families Program (SFP)
Young Women’s Lives
Family Counseling
Alternative to School Suspension Program (ASSP)
Restorative Justice Neighborhood Board
 
Informal Adjustment
  Informal Adjustment is voluntary supervision for the youth who have committed a non-serious delinquent offense but do not appear before a Judge. The program utilizes community resources through volunteers and college interns to provide supervision of youth. (Top)
 
Anger Control /Conflict Resolution Seminar
  An educational meeting and group discussion focusing on what triggers anger and how to best redirect this emotion. Seminars are for first-time
offenders involved in minor-assault behaviors. (Top)
 
Shoplifting Seminar
  The seminar is directed toward the firsttime “shoplifter” to provide information on the cause and effect of stealing from the merchant and consumer. (Top)
 
Strengthening Families Program (SFP)
  A nationally and internationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program for high-risk families. SFP is an evidense-based family skills training program, found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children; and improve their social competencies and school performance. Child maltreatment also decreases as parents learn more effective parenting skills. (Top)
 
Young Women’s Lives
 

A gender-based program designed to promote healthy life choices and opportunities for girls as young women.

Participants engage in interactive discussions designed to motivate and teach pro-social behavior and positive, responsible thinking and acting. The curriculum emphasizes cognitive and social-skill building and socio-moral development.

For more information call (816) 881-6570.
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Family Counseling
  A service provided to youth and families undergoing a crisis.  Services are assessed by self or agency referrals. The decision to receive Family Counseling is strictly voluntary and free of charge. Counseling is provided by Family Court Services counselors who are knowledgeable of intervention and the community resources that best serve the needs of the youth and family. (Top)
 
Alternative to School Suspension Program (ASSP)
  ASSP combines a parenting program and student life-skills program designed to address school-related discipline and attendance problems. By participating in the group process, students will learn to accept responsibility and make positive changes in their behavior. Parents will enhance their ability to effectively discipline and relate to their children while avoiding frustrating arguments. (Spanish is primary language.) (Top)
 
Restorative Justice Neighborhood Board
  Restorative Justice is a philosophical approach which supports victims and the community, promotes healing for victims and holds offenders accountable while viewing them as potentially viable members of the community. The Neighborhood Board is a community-based initiative between neighborhoods and Family Court Services to redirect youth from behaviors which could lead to Court involvement. (Top)