Prevention and Diversion Services

Prevention and Diversion Services provide juveniles and their families with critical interventions to prevent future involvement with the justice system. The department utilizes Court resources and community resources to serve the unique needs of every family.

Diversion Program

The Diversion Program accepts youth diverted from prosecution with the aim of minimizing further penetration into the justice system. A variety of interventions and tactics are used, including personalized case management, victim-offender mediation, family counseling, and referrals to community resources.

Case management officers work with families to create and oversee Success Plans. These plans are oriented around developing a youth’s empathy and life-skills. Parents are also encouraged to participate, meet with officers consistently, and be open to new parenting skills. At the conclusion of the program, youth present their activities to the Community Accountability Board.

Other Programs:

Shoplifting Seminar: A voluntary behavioral program offered once per month. This class teaches juveniles and families about the consequences of stealing, and offers help in building more responsible habits.

Success Court: A grant-based program which aims to improve academic outcomes for students in the Nowlin Middle School area.



Prevention & Diversion

501 E. 27th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Walk-ins welcome!