This Court believes that a child in trouble is a family in trouble. Families of youth involved with the Court are found to have a variety of dysfunctions including physical and sexual abuse, neglect and substance abuse. In order for the Court to be effective with youth on probation, it is critical that families cooperate. Special programs have been developed to assist families of children on probation. They are:
ChARTing New Directions
An art program that provides interaction between youth and professional artist(s) while developing life skills. The program uses art as a creative process for personal development with youth.
A joint project with the Mobile Arts Council
A mentor/tutor program that matches college students with youth needing academic assistance.
A joint project with the Spring Hill College Foley Community Service Center and
Big Brothers / Big Sisters
A four session drug/alcohol educational program for juveniles and parents.
A joint project with the Drug Education Council.
FIRST OFFENDER FOR ALCOHOL MINOR IN POSSESSION - A joint project with the Drug Education Council, the Underage Drinking Task Force, and the Victim’s Impact
An informal alternative to a juvenile court record for youth found to be in possession of alcohol. The program may include:
1. Minor and parent must complete the CAPP Program
2. Minor and parent must attend the Victim’s Impact Panel ($50.00 fee)
3. Minor will complete a minimum of 25 hours community service
JAM - Juvenile Anger Management
A 8 week program designed to help teens cope with anger through alternative behavior and skill enhancing techniques.
Ages 13-17 with a limit of 15 per group. This is a paid program. $50.00 per session.
Attendance ordered by the Juvenile Probation Officer.
A joint project with Lifelines Family Counseling Center Of Mobile, Inc.
S.T.O.P. - A local court ordered program for juvenile sexual offenders.
A joint project with DHR, Alta Pointe Mental Health and the Mobile County Health Department.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA AND UNIVERSITY OF MOBILE
The Court has entered into a partnership with the University of South Alabama and the University of Mobile to develop both an undergraduate and graduate level of Internship Program
At the University of South Alabama, the Sociology Department and the Political Science and Criminal Justice Departments provide undergraduate students who are required to spend 120 hours working with the Court. The graduate departments at the University of South Alabama in Psychology and Counseling provide students each who spend ad minimum of 900 hours of counseling with families of nondelinquent youth (C.H.I.N.) and the Crisis Center. The graduate program in Marriage and the Family at the University of Mobile provides students who spend 50 hours counseling with families.