What does it mean for my child to be sent to a “placement” or out-of home program?
In some instances the Court may order that your child be removed from your care and placed in a short term residential treatment program to provide specialized services. Each youth placed in an out-of-home program is provided a treatment plan. Parents, the committing Judge and the Deputy Probation Officer receive reports every six months regarding the youth's progress toward meeting their treatment plan goals. The progress reports include areas of progress, areas needing improvement, medical issues, behavioral health issues and education progress and status. Monthly visits with the youth and their family are encouraged as is participation in a family component of treatment. Communication and participation may be via phone, video conferencing (or some form of video) or in-person. Please contact your child’s assigned Deputy Probation Officer for additional information.
What does “deferred entry of judgment” mean for my child?
This refers to a postponed or delayed judgment by the Court. The Court gives your child an opportunity to successfully complete a probationary period. At the conclusion the Court will review your child’s performance to determine next steps.
How can I get a copy of the police report?
The Probation Department is unable to give you a copy of the police report. To obtain a copy, go to the police department that made the arrest. They will determine whether the police report can be released to you.
What/who determines when and where juveniles are placed in out of home care?
The Probation Department ultimately decides on which program a youth will be referred to after the Juvenile Justice Court makes an order to remove the youth from their home and placed in a residential treatment program. Placement is guided by various sources of information to determine the treatment needs of each youth referred for residential treatment or placement. Sources can include the youth’s offense history and the circumstances surrounding that offense(s), a complete social history that include interviews with the youth and their family. Deputy Probation Officers also complete a risk and needs assessment completed prior to the Juvenile Justice Court making the order for placement. The Santa Clara County Probation Department utilizes the Juvenile Assessment Instrument System
as their primary assessment tool.
What is Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI)?
This is a diversion program for low level offenders designed to keep your child out to the Juvenile Court system. This program enables your child to have the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and receive services from community based organizations.
Phone: (408) 278-5840
What happens when a youth completes their programming/treatment or the youth cannot return home?
The primary goal is for the youth to return home and reunify with their family, most likely with some level of supportive services which are individualized. If for some reason their return home is not possible, then the youth may be placed with other family members, extended family or in transitional housing with supportive services and aftercare supervision. Each youth’s circumstances vary and services are individualized designed to meet their needs.