Dcts4U At-risk Program for Youth (DAP4Youth) is a comprehensive and proven treatment modality for youth needing mentoring and intensive supports in their home community. Utilizing a carefully-designed and highly-customized planning process, the DAP4Youth program was designed to help keep youth from transitioning to a higher, more intensive level of care (i.e., therapeutic residential treatment, out of home placement such as group home care, foster care or juvenile detention), stay in school or to successfully transition a child from a higher-level of care back home. To achieve success, DAP4Youth requires participation from both the youth and their family, holding great significance in building a plan for all involved that is individualized, strength-based and community-resource driven.
Youth & Teens (age 10-16 yrs old)
At-risk Youth may be referred by Department of Social Services, Churches, District Court, Probation/Parole Officers, District Attorneys, Public Defenders, Private Attorneys, School Personnel or Self-Referrals.
Families F1rst is a Parenting Program in which parents learn how to communicate more effectively with their children. Learning techniques to discipline in positive ways, and to build their kids’ self-esteem. Parents also have the opportunity to share their method of rapport to help other parents. DCTS offers Families F1rst Program for all programming.
Target Population: Parents with Children ranging from age 5 -17 years old
Goals of the Families F1rst Program:
· provide support and information in ways that help parents become more capable and competent
· ensuring family choice regarding intervention options
· provide necessary resources and supports for parents to care for their children in ways that produce optimal parent and child outcomes
· enhance parents’ abilities to support their children’s development.
· Strengthen communication /interaction skills with child (ren)
The plan mainly needs to have buy-in and ultimately works for the family. Key components include safety planning and family-driven goal setting that helps build a team to support the family and connect them to resources in their community that will increase self-sufficiency and stability in the home.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Adolescent and School Health page lists adolescent health and risk behaviors. It notes that government agencies, community organizations, schools, and other community members must work together in a comprehensive approach to have the most positive impact on adolescent health. Providing safe and nurturing environments for our nation's youth can help ensure that adolescents will be healthy and productive members of society.
An at-risk youth is a child whom the probability of successfully transitioning to adulthood and achieving economic self-sufficiency is low. Success can include academic success and job readiness, as well as the ability to be financially independent. It also can refer to the ability to become a positive member of society by avoiding a life of crime.
We help clients understand the pattern of self-destructive behaviors so they are able to R.I.S.E. one individual at a time. Their success must be measured independently. Their story can not be told with statistics alone. But the numbers illustrate the risks facing America’s youth today.