Once the DC juvenile justice system commits a youth to DYRS, DYRS assumes legal custody of the youth. However, the role you play in nurturing your youth remains intact and is essential to your youth’s successful rehabilitation. As a family member, your role is to be an active participant with DYRS in the planning meetings for your youth to make sure your youth is on the right track.
Your participation ranges from noticing changes in your youth's behavior and staying in regular contact to knew where they are and who there friends are. You should visit your youth if you can and speak over the phone. You should also be an advocate for your youth and make sure your youth has his or her clothing if he or she is at a community-based residential facility and is enrolled in school.