MAKING THE RIGHT
Two week residential care for youth ages 12-17 who have run away from home or are considering running away from their home, in need of protection (often in conjunction with the Department of Human Services*), or otherwise experiencing problems at home. Parental consent is required and parent/guardian must sign admission forms within 24 hours of the youth entering the program. Available from Family Youth Interventions* (FYI*), (586) 465-1212 (Mt. Clemens)
Depending on staff availability, aftercare services for up to three months may be offered to families participating in the program. Outpatient counseling for three months may also be available or client will be referred to an appropriate counseling agency.
In case of insufficient bed availability, youth and families may be placed on a waiting list or referred to a runaway shelter program in Oakland, Wayne or St. Clair counties.
If a youth has violated a court order not to run away, he/she may be placed in the Macomb County Juvenile Justice Center*. A runaway is usually placed in the youth home only if the youth has been told by the court that he/she cannot run away and then violates the court order. Sheltercare at the Juvenile Justice Center* is usually accessed through DHS*- Childrens Protective Services*. Residential fees at the Juvenile Justice Center* are approximately $90.00 per day, based on the parent's ability to pay. Calls from parents who wish to place their child in the youth home (prior to court involvement) are usually referred to Juvenile Court Prevention Services or Family Youth Interventions* (FYI)*.
By law in Michigan, youth 16 or older may file for emancipation. It is a legal process where the youth must demonstrate the ability to accept adult responsibilities. The process takes place in Juvenile Court*, beginning with contacting the court so that the law and its criteria can be explained. A petition for emancipation is filed in Juvenile Court* by the youth. Criteria for emancipation include:
The process takes about 3-4 weeks once the petition is filed. This is a legal process where the decision is made based on facts presented to the court. Parents may participate, though their input is generally in the form of a statement to the court. While many teenagers seek information on emancipation, much fewer actually meet the criteria and follow through with the petition. You may call for an appointment or more information from Juvenile Court*, (586) 469-5412.
A program available for youths under the age of 17, who have no previous formal court record, are a resident of Macomb County. The program is a form of Court supervision that addresses problems of home truancy (runaways), family conflict, minor law violations and school issues. In order to be eligible for the program, a petition must be filed by either the local police department, the Macomb Intermediate School District for school truancy, or the custodial parent/ legal guardian. Further, parents/guardians who come to the court to file a petition must first show evidence of exhausting other community resources. A fee is assessed if accepted into this program. For more information, call Juvenile Court, (586) 469-5240.
When a child is home truant, it is often helpful for the parents to contact the child's school and the police. The police may ask parents to wait 24 hours to make a report, although they have been known to take a report sooner. This is often an important step which may be overlooked by parents. However, it helps to ascertain the youth's safety, as well as holds the child responsible for his/her behavior. It is also helpful to call the child's friends and notify their parents of the situation. Often a runaway child will stay at a friend's house and tell the friends parents that they have permission.
Free Greyhound Bus Rides Home for Runaway Youth, ages 12-20 Volunteers will also provide crisis intervention services to youth and parents/guardians; confirm the youths status as a runaway; contact Greyhound to issue a ticket; locate and make referrals to local community agencies. Available from the National Runaway Switchboard* (NRS) "Home Free" program, (800) RUNAWAY [786-2929].
A drop-in center for homeless youth providing a safe and appropriate setting in which youth can congregate and utilize a spectrum of services from a basic meal to counseling. Available from The Refuge, (586) 465-1212.