Lutheran Social Services Attendant Care provides short-term care and supervision in a safe and non-secure setting for youth age 8-18 who have committed a minor offense.
This program in Grand Forks and Minot keeps youth out of jail while awaiting release to parents, allowing law enforcement to return to other duties.
How the program works
Juveniles are taken to a Lutheran Social Services Attendant Care site by law enforcement after they’ve committed a minor delinquent act or a status offense, such as underage consumption of alcohol or tobacco, curfew violation, truancy, running away from home or other actions that put them at risk.
In the facility, the youth receives 24-hour supervision by staff in an unlocked setting. The maximum stay is 96 hours; however every effort is made to make each juvenile’s stay as short as possible.
“Without Lutheran Social Services Attendant Care and the dedicated part-time workers who staff it, juveniles would be placed in a jail or detention center that could place them at greater risk,” notes Program Director Katie Youngbauer.
Benefits of the program
This program provides the level of supervision needed to fit the situation. Without Lutheran Social Services Attendant Care, juveniles would be placed in jail or in a detention center setting not appropriate for their minor offense and in a situation that could place them at greater risk. This program also provides a vital service for law enforcement, allowing them to get back to their regular duties in a timely manner after taking a youth into custody.