Caring for Troubled Youth
WRNI – An apparently simple change in the way parents turn to the state for help with out of control children has lead to a dramatic drop in the number of teenagers entering state care. The change is a requirement that families try counseling or other support services before going to the police, and then court. The department of Children, Youth and Families says the requirement is a key reason night to night placements are not currently a problem. Family services advocates say the change proves that the state should invest more money in prevention programs. WRNI's Martha Bebinger has more on wayward disobedient petitions.