Friday, June 14, 2013

Factors Contributing To "At-Risk Youth" ~ How To Get Your Child Back On Track

How to get your child back on track

~ Studies have shown that the younger the age when arrested, the more likely a repeat offender

~ Early intervention reduces the problems and factors that could result in a juvenile spending their life in the court system. 

The Law Office of Katie Walsh wants to help your child find their way back. One way to do that is to avoid him/her becoming a “ward of the court,” another is to see what is going on in their lives and help fix it:
  • are there problems at school, 
  • a learning disability that is making them frustrated with school, 
  • Bullying, 
  • Insecurities, 
  • Problems at home 
Many of these issues contribute to kids making poor decisions and we don’t want to it affect their future.

Factors contributing to "At-Risk Youth"

  • FAILURE IN SCHOOL- Being a year behind or failing school is a large factor in predicting future criminal behavior. Indicators are: poor academic performance, poor attendance, expulsion or dropping out of school. Not being in school reduces the chance that juveniles will develop the “skill sets” that are gained from school: social skills, following instructions, dealing with peers 
  • PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS- things such as running away, frequently stealing, conduct problems in school, out late at night/missed curfew, overly aggressive 
  • FAMILY PROBLEMS- A family history of criminal activity. Children exposed to sexual or physical abuse, or children subject to neglect or abandonment. Lack of parental control 
  • SUBSTANCE ABUSE- recreational use of drug or alcohol, arrests for drug and alcohol possession or sales. Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol lowers a person’s inhibitions and leads to poor decisions 
  • GANG MEMBERSHIP- gang membership at any age is associated with future criminal activity. Gangs target and recruit juveniles, because the young are easier to persuade. Coincidentally, juveniles with the above factors (not being in school, and rocky family life) are more likely to join a gang, and therefore more likely to get arrested and become a part of the criminal system. 
Juvenile Law updates - Orange County California Law Offices of Katie Walsh 714-619-9355

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