Juvenile Court Programs

Juvenile Court School-Based Liaison (JCSL)

Orchard Place's JCSL program operates out of Des Moines high schools, providing on-site supervision to children and teens under the jurisdiction of the court system or who are involved with the Juvenile Court or deemed at-risk by school administrators. Youth receive:

  • Individual Counseling

  • Skill-building

  • Attendance and Behavior Monitoring

  • Crisis Intervention

  • Family Support

Eligibility

Referrals are received from Juvenile Court Officers or school administrators. Services are funded through a contract with Juvenile Court and Des Moines Public Schools.


Court-Based Intervention

Early Services Program

The Early Services Program is an informal probation program for children ages 12 or younger who are referred to Juvenile Court due to a misdemeanor offense (ex. shoplifting, simple assault). Caseworkers provide individualized youth counseling and guidance and work with the parents and family to ensure they are equipped with adequate parenting skills and are connected to necessary community resources.

Diversion Tracking and Monitoring

Court-Based Intervention is an informal probation program for first or second-time misdemeanor offenders ages 12-17 who have not been adjudicated delinquent. Services include:

  • Tracking and Monitoring

  • Evaluations

  • Random Urinalysis

  • Skill-building Groups

  • Community Service

A youth's case will be closed without further disposition if he/she successfully completes the program requirements.

Eligibility

Youth must be involved with Polk County Juvenile Court and referrals made by Juvenile Court Intake Officers. The program is funded through a contract with Polk County Juvenile Court.