Youth Diversion Programming

The Department of Children, Youth and Families’ contracts with local community providers to deliver Youth Diversion Programs (YDP) across the state. YDP’s are community-based programs for youth ages 9-17 years old who are not currently involved with DCYF. Programs provide case management services for families to address issues affecting the youth and family’s emotional, physical, psychological and social well-being. Needs assessment, crisis intervention, case planning, family mediation, outreach services, access to community resources and counseling are provided for ninety (90) days with an emphasis on strengthening families.

Referrals for these programs come from truancy courts, Juvenile Hearing Boards, schools, youth centers, police – and families can refer themselves too!

The goals of the program are to assist with school and family issues, provide information on risk taking behaviors and how to avoid them, assist in setting goals the child wants to achieve and connect to family to other resources close to home.

If you are interested in accessing these programs for a child in your family, contact the Family Care Community Partnership (FCCP) in your area. See link below to find the FCCP in your area.

During fiscal year 2017, approximately 312 youth were served in these programs across the state.

Wayward Disobedient Programs

Wayward/Disobedient Programs (WDP) are available to parents and guardians experiencing problems with their child(ren) at home. Children 12-17 years of age may be legally considered wayward/disobedient if they are exhibiting some of the following behavior:

  • Habitually engaging in serious behavior that would be considered disobedient to lawful commands of his/her parent or guardian
  • Persistently running away from home
  • Not following reasonable family or household rules
  • Routinely missing curfew

Before any legal declaration is made, parent(s) and/guardians should first contact their local police department and inquire about a Wayward/Disobedient Petition. The police will connect families with the local Family Care and Community Partnership (FCCP) in their city/town that provides WDP services. Families are required to engage in services for ninety days (90) designed to assist the family in identifying possible solutions before formally filing with Family Court. These services are provided by the Family Care Community Partnerships (FCCPs) in your area.

If at the end of services problems persist, parent(s) and/or guardians are given guidance in filing a Wayward/Disobedient Petition in Family Court.

On average 30% of the Family Court wayward/delinquent petitions are disposed of informally. During fiscal year 2017, 253 youth received services from seven community organizations.

Family Care Community Partnerships (FCCPs)

To learn more about and/or to find the service provider in your area visit:

Family Care Community Partnerships (FCCPs)