As we discussed last week, juvenile justice cases are cries for help and not always cause for punishment. There are many misguided youth in our world. We know that as the parent of a child who is facing the juvenile justice system, you might be concerned about what is going to happen and how it will affect your child. That is totally understandable.
We know that for people who aren't familiar with the juvenile justice system, being thrust into the system can be frightening and confusing. We can help you to understand what is happening and what options are possible throughout the case.
As your child goes through the process, you will come into contact with a lot of new terms and procedures. You should make sure that you understand each of these so that you know what to expect. You might be called upon to make decisions that could impact your child.
The services that are available through juvenile justice proceedings can often help the child to get back on the right path. If your child is in your custody, making the most of these services and using other options, such as church or community involvement, are often helpful for a child. The ultimate goal of the juvenile justice system is to help children learn from their mistakes and get the tools they need to stay out of trouble in the future.
As for dealing with the juvenile justice process, you should make sure that you and your child know what is happening. Making sure that you understand the rulings of the court can help you to ensure that you are complying with the terms.