Family Resources, Inc. provides three different levels of truancy intervention programs.
- Target Population: Youth starting to experience difficulty in school with behavior problems, skipping classes or not listening/abiding by parents’ rules.
- Eligibility Criteria: Youth aged 5 to 17 years of age not involved in foster care or probation.
- Services: Case management and counseling services provided to the youth and family at no charge.
Truancy Magistrate Program
Target Population: Youth at risk of entering the Juvenile Justice system by nature of chronic truancy.
- Eligibility Criteria: Youth that have 15 or more unexcused absences within a period of 90 calendar days during the school year and attend the following Middle Schools: Pinellas Park, Largo, John Hopkins, Bay Point, Azalea, and Tyrone.
- Services: Truancy Magistrate Program participation is triggered when the Pinellas County Superintendent of Schools files truancy petitions with the circuit court. The youth will automatically be scheduled for an initial Truancy Magistrate hearing at the participating school. The youth and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian must consent to participate in the program to be eligible. Those who fail to appear at the school-based hearing will be deemed to have objected and will have an arraignment set on a regular judicial calendar.
The Truancy Magistrate Program focuses on the needs of the family in a more comprehensive and individualized approach, providing service coordination on behalf of families which includes assessment, planning, linkage, monitoring and advocacy services, and case review. Services are provided at no charge.
- Target Population: Youth at risk of entering the
- Juvenile Justice system by nature of chronic truancy.
- Eligibility Criteria: Youth aged 5 up to 16 years of age in grades 5 through 10 who have 15 or more unexcused absences from school for the current school year.
- Services: Parents and youth are notified by the State Attorney’s Office to appear before a Judge, who makes recommendations to the family regarding services to aid in the reduction of the youth’s truancy. Families are assisted in accessing services and in developing strategies to increase school attendance. Case management, individual and family counseling are offered to all participants. School attendance is monitored and progress reports sent to the court. Services are provided at no charge.