You should expect to be treated as a partner in your youth’s treatment, rehabilitation, and return to the community.
You should expect to be invited to an orientation session for parents and guardians, where a DYRS Family Engagement Specialist will make sure you understand the general stages of commitment and your rights while your youth is involved with DYRS. In addition, you will learn how you can play an active role in your youth’s rehabilitation. You will go home with a resource packet.
You should expect for you and your youth to be invited to a Youth Family Team Meeting with a DYRS case manager or social worker, care coordinator, and other service providers. This is extremely important for you to attend. At this meeting, you will give your input on the youth’s strengths and needs, and the case manager or social worker will listen to you. Your input will help the case manager to determine a plan for your youth.
Based on your youth's treatment needs, he or she will live at home or in a facility while receiving services. If your youth is placed in the home, you should expect to be in frequent contact with your youth’s case manager or social worker, along with your youth's DC YouthLink service providers. If your youth is placed in a facility, you should expect updates on your youth's progress. You will be able to visit your youth and speak by phone.
All DYRS facilities maintain a safe and secure environment, and staff members are trained to treat youth with respect.