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Massachusetts program keeps kids out of group homes, juvenile detention centers

Dec 19, 2023 | Blog, Intercept, Media Coverage

Her 13-year-old daughter was already involved in the juvenile court system, was skipping school and the single-mother from Peabody feared her daughter could end up in prison. But she didn’t know where to turn.

“I literally have gone to so many different places looking for help. And it was pretty much like, ‘Nope, can’t do anything.’ ‘Nope, can’t do anything,’” said Flores, who requested to not use her full name to protect the identify of her child, sounding defeated. “And I’m like, what do I do? Let my kid go to jail?”

There is a service that can help and … they won’t take your kid away. They’re gonna be there to help support the parents, so that the child can feel supported as well.

- Flores

Instead of waiting until the only options were to send the child to a juvenile detention center or group home, the juvenile court suggested Youth Villages step in.

Read the full MassLive story here.

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