8046 Main Street Houma, Louisiana 70360 (985) 868-4232


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Juvenile Resources
8046 Main Street Houma, Louisiana 70360

Families in Need of Services (FINS)

What is FINS?

The Families In Need of Services (FINS) became effective in all courts having juvenile jurisdiction on July 1, 1994, as Title VII of the Louisiana Children's Code. It is designed to bring together resources for the purpose of helping families (troubled youth and their parents) to remedy self destructive behaviors by juveniles and/or other family members. FINS goals are to reduce formal juvenile court involvement while generating appropriate community services to benefit the child and improve family relations.

How does FINS work?

The FINS process begins with a written complaint, submitted to the FINS program office alleging that a family is in need of services. Anyone may file a complaint, however, it is most common that law enforcement, school officials and parents make the referrals. The complaint must allege at least one of the grounds listed below:

*Child is truant or has willfully and repeatedly violated school rules.

*Child is ungovernable

*Child is a runaway

*Child repeatedly possessed or consumed intoxicating beverages, or that he has misrepresented or deceived his age for the purpose of purchasing or receiving such beverages from, any person, or has repeatedly loitered around any place where such beverages are the principal commodities sold or handled.

*Child committed an offense only applicable to children.

*Children under 10 years of age committed any act, which if committed by an adult would be a crime under federal, state, or local law.

*Caretaker has caused, encouraged, or contributed to the child's behavior under this Article or to be commissioned of delinquent acts by a minor.

*After notice, caretaker willfully failed to attend meeting with the child's teacher, school principal, or other appropriate school employee to discuss child's truancy, the child's repeated violation of school rules or other serious educational problems of the child.

*Child found incompetent to proceed with a delinquent matter.

*A child found to have engaged in cyberbullying.


**Juvenile Probation**

Once a juvenile has been adjudicated, the Judge has the option to place the youth on probation with conditions. The length of probation is determined by the seriousness of the offense. There are three types of probation:

*Unsupervised-this is the least restrictive of probations. The majority of adjudicated youth are on this type of probation. These juveniles are monitored monthly through status meetings.  The status meetings are conducted at City Court or the juvenile's school. The parent/guardian must attend these meetings. During the status meeting, the juvenile's school records are reviewed (attendance, discipline, and academics). If the youth is doing well at school and home, the court will continue monthly monitoring.

*Supervised- this level of probation is supervised by a City court probation officer. This type of probation is called Juvenile Intensive Supervised Probation (JISP). Juveniles placed on JISP are repeat offenders and/ or first-time non-violent felony offenders. Once a probation officer is assigned, the juvenile is monitored  weekly at home and at school. If the juvenile violates any condition of the probation, the officer files a report to the Judge and the youth must appear in court for a revocation hearing. If during the revocation hearing, the juvenile is found guilty of violations, the Judge may order the youth be held in Terrebonne Parish Detention Center.

*State Probation- this type of probation is with the State of Louisiana through the Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ). State probation is reserved for chronic repeat offenders and those found guilty of serious felony offenses. Violating the conditions of state probation, could result in an out-of-home placement for the juvenile. If a juvenile is placed in the custody of the state, they are removed from the parent's custody and placed in a non-secure  or secure facility. 


**STATE FUNDED SERVICES**

Child Welfare and Attendance Department for Terrebonne School Districts*
Department of Education
*For school-related issues only - (985) 876-7400 ext. 237 and 239


Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Detention Center
(985) 853-1201
Director: Joe Harris
Online at: http://www.tpcg.org/index.php?f=juvenile&p=index
3181 Grand Caillou Road
Houma, LA 70363


South Central LA Human Service Authority
Terrebonne Parish Mental Health Clinic
Services offered are: Psychiatric Services/Counseling
(985) 857-3615
5599 Highway 311
Houma, LA 70360


 


 


Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ)
*State Probation or Custody*
Regional Office in Thibodaux, LA
(985) 447-0902
Online at: www.ojj.la.gov

Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS)
Report Instances of Child Abuse and Neglect

1021 W. Tunnel Blvd., Houma, LA  70360

(985) 857-3630
(855) 4-LA-KIDS
Online at: www.dss.state.la.us


Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council for South Louisiana
730 Belanger St. Houma, LA. 70360
(985) 879-2273


Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
7528 West Main St., . Houma, LA. 70360 Mailing:  P.O. Box 2602, Houma, LA  70361
(985) 857-3652


**NON PROFIT AGENCIES**

Options for Independence
Services offered: Anger Management Services, Intensive out-patient juvenile substance abuse treatment, Multi Systemic Therapy (MST), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), individual counseling, Community Psychiatric Supports and Treatment (CPST) and Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) services.
Online at: www.optionsforindependence.com


Gulf Coast Family Teaching Services

*Resources for at-risk families*


Online at: www.gctfs.org/houma.php

West Side Location:
320 Progressive Boulevard
Houma, LA 70360

Phone: (985) 851-4488
Toll Free: (800) 947-7645
Fax: (985) 872-0985
Email: info@gctfs.org

East Side Location:
2509 Petroleum Drive
Houma, LA 70363

Phone: (985) 853-1445
Toll Free: (800) 831-2630
Fax: (985) 853-0709
Email: info@gctfs.org


The Haven
P.O. Box 4279  Houma, LA  70361
(985) 872-0757


**Medicaid Program**

Magnolia Family Services (MFS)
Office of Mental Health and Rehabilitation Services & CPST/PSR
1418 Tiger Drive., Thibodaux, LA  70301              (985) 449-4055
Online at: www.magnoliafamilyservices.com
Regional Office in Thibodaux, LA


Teche Action Clinic
1014 West Tunnel Blvd.
Houma, LA. 70360
(985) 851-1717


Bayou Oaks Health Services
142 Laura Dr., Suite D
Thibodaux, LA. 70302
(985) 446-4114


**Legal Representation**

Office of Public Defender (OPD)

(985) 873-6831
Online at: http://www.lpdb.la.gov/districts/terrebonne.php
504 Belanger Street
Houma, LA 70360

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