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    What happens when my child is taken to detention?

    What happens when my child is taken to detention?


    Your child may have been taken into custody by the police and brought to the juvenile detention center. In about half of the cases referred to the department, police take this action for one of several reasons: a parent cannot be located, the youth may be in danger or the youth may be endangering others.

    To ensure the safety of children and of the staff, your child will be searched upon arrival at the center. The Intake Officer will review the police report to determine that it contains proper authorization to temporarily detain your child. The Intake Officer will secure basic identifying information from your child in order to notify you that he/she has been brought to the detention center by the police.

    Depending on the law violation or other circumstance, you may be notified that your child can be released to you at the center. In this event you will be instructed to come at an appointed time for an interview with a caseworker.

    If the situation requires overnight detention of your child, a detention hearing is scheduled for the next working day following your child's admission to the center. Detention hearings are held every Monday through Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and on Friday's at 10:30 a.m. A parent or guardian must be present.