Children's Services

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Overview

Learn more about Lutheran Social Services Attendant Care and Lutheran Social Services Tracking

A short-term alternative to jail or a detention setting is provided for youth who need supervision after being picked up and charged with an offense by local law enforcement. Lutheran Social Services Attendant Care serves juveniles whose needs are best met in a less restrictive environment as they await court intervention or parental pick-up.

Lutheran Social Services provides Attendant Care services in Minot and Grand Forks.

How does the process work?

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.

Future youth service professionals build skills with Lutheran Social Services Attendant Care and Lutheran Social Services Tracking

Benefits

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.

Want to make a difference?

There is an on-going need for part-time workers at Lutheran Social Services Attendant Care facilities in Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot. Students majoring in social work and criminal justice find they gain valuable experience while working with youth in this program. To learn more about employment opportunities, click here.

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