Juvenile Programming


DFO offers a range of services to meet the needs of our youth and their families. Some of these programs are offered within our program and facilitated by our staff, and others are housed within community agencies with whom we contract/ partner.

Cognitive Behavioral Skills: We have juvenile probation officers who are trained to teach “Thinking for a Change”. Classes are offered 2-3 times per year. We also offer cognitive based interventions and tools during office visits, such as the Carey Guides and BITS.

Girls Group: is provided on an as needed basis and utilizes components of the Power Source Curriculum as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma Informed Care. This is a 10 week group that meets weekly and focuses on self-awareness, problem solving, skill building and support.

Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCTA): is an evidence based treatment group for youth who struggle with emotional, behavioral and cognitive issues. Often, these youth have been exposed to multiple forms of trauma and loss. TGCTA offers a safe and supportive environment to process some of their hurts and learn healthy ways of coping and moving forward. Referrals are interviewed by a licensed mental health professional to determine eligibility.

Juvenile Sex Specific Outpatient: DFO’s Juvenile Sex Specific Outpatient Treatment Program is a collaborative effort between juvenile probation and contracted community providers. We contract with the therapists to provide weekly individual and/or family therapy sessions for those youth/ families involved in the treatment group. Youth, families, care providers, therapists, and probation provide input and decisions are made about supervision levels, treatment goals, and discharge recommendation. 

Sex Specific Parent Supervision Class: The Juvenile Probation staff and a contracted provider offer a four hour class to instruct parents about the needs of their child and the skills needed to provide optimum supervision in the community. Offered 1-3 times per year, depending on demand.

Family Based Services: As needed, we contract with mental health professionals in the community to assist with providing assessments and therapeutic services.

Collaborative Intensive Bridging Program: Intensive program which combines residential treatment with in-home therapy. For youth ages 6-17 who have problems with aggression, fighting with others, truancy, self-injurious behavior, acting out at home/school, depression, theft, other behaviors.

Youth Night Campus Day Treatment: 5 days per week after school/evening program for our moderate to high risk clients ages 14-18.

Gage East Permanent Supportive Housing: Provide housing for 30 homeless families and 25 homeless youth ages 16-21. Managed by Center City Housing Corp.

Safe Harbor Regional Navigating: The programs of Victim Services provide advocacy and support to victims of crime, sexual assault survivors, trafficking victims, and sexually exploited youth. This advocacy work includes offering prevention education to challenge the existence of violence in our communities. Services include but are not limited to a 34 hour crisis line, crisis intervention services, interviews, assistance with filing restraining orders, safety planning, and more.