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Help for Troubled Kids in Newark, New York

by Ann Daniels, studioD

The city of Newark, N.Y., in collaboration with Wayne County, offers services for troubled children who need guidance. Whether the child has behavioral issues, substance abuse problems or is displaying delinquent behavior, there is help so your family does not have to deal with the problems alone.

Substance Abuse

The Newark location of Finger Lakes Addictions Counseling and Referral Agency has an outpatient program for youth suffering from substance abuse. Teens are provided with education, counseling and support group help to assist them to overcome their addiction. Individual, group and family counseling services are available. All treatment is scheduled around the teen’s schedule so he does not miss school. Residential programs are available from the agency outside of Newark.

Runaway Youth

Wayne County Department of Aging and Youth offers help to runaway youth ages 12 to 17. Runaway children can contact the department directly or they can be referred by a concerned individual. Depending on the youth’s needs, a variety of services are offered, such as case management, family mediation, educational support and advocacy. Referrals for additional services are also provided. Crisis management is offered to help meet the immediate needs of the runaway youth by assisting with shelter, food and clothing.

Juvenile Justice Services

If your teen has committed a crime, the Wayne County pre-trial services diversion program might be an alternative option. The counseling program was created for youth ages 16 to 21 who are facing legal repercussions for their crimes. To discourage recidivism, lawyers can recommend their clients for the program in which teenagers receive counseling and supportive services in lieu of going through the criminal justice system. These services are provided for an average of three months before the teen’s progress is deemed successful or unsuccessful by the courts.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of Wayne County provides a variety of services to help your family cope with a troubled child. Counseling services are offered to families and children for a low, fixed fee. The counselors can address issues specific to your child’s needs, such as anger, depression or stress. The non-profit organization also works with schools to support an early intervention program for elementary school kids. In addition to counseling services, Catholic Charities provides case management, parenting skills training and referrals to physicians for medication evaluation. Children ages 8 to 17 can be placed in the persons in need of supervision program -- instead of being placed in a detention center -- when recommended by the Wayne County Probation Department. The case manager works with the child’s parents and school to get the child back on track. Bi-weekly home visits and collaboration with other agencies are also part of the program.

About the Author

Ann Daniels has been a professional writer for more than 10 years. Her work has been published in many national health and wellness publications. Daniels holds a Master of Arts in communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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