At-Risk Youth Petition (ARY)
At-Risk youth means a juvenile:
Who has a substance abuse problem for which there are no pending
criminal charges related to the substance abuse.
- Who is absent from the home for at least seventy-two (72)
consecutive hours without consent of his or her parent;
- Who is beyond the control of his or her parent such that the child's
behavior endangers the health, safety, or welfare of the child or any
other person; or
ONLY a parent/custodian or guardian with the legal right to
custody may file an At-Risk Youth Petition. If a parent believes
their child meets the above-listed definitions and court intervention and
supervision are necessary to assist in maintaing the care, custody and
control of the child, should:
- Call the division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) at
475-3688, press "0" and ask for an intake worker.
- Advise intake of their desire to file an At-Risk Youth Petition.
- Request a family assessment. At the family assessment, the
caseworker with discuss with the family services previously provided,
resources currently available, and alternatives to court intervention.
- Following the family assessment, DCFS will provide the parent with a
written verification form and will assist in completing the petition.
- Call Stephenie Hooker of the Kitsap County Juvenile Department at
337-5448 for an appointment to assist in the filing of the petition.
A petition may not be filed if a dependency action is pending under
Counsel: Upon filing, an attorney will be appointed for the
child. (The parents are not entitled to court-appointed counsel,
but may retain private counsel.)
Fact-Finding Hearing: A fact-finding hearing will be set
within three (3) judicial days. However, the matter will proceed
only after the child is served with proper notice of the proceeding.
At the fact-finding hearing, the petition shall be granted if:
||The court finds the allegations in the petition are
established by a preponderance of the evidence or,
||The juvenile admits to the petition.
If the petition is granted, the court will enter an order requiring the
child to reside in the home of his or her parent or in a placement
approved by the parent.
Dispositional Hearing: A dispositional hearing is set
fourteen (14) days after the petition is granted. At this point, the
court will and/or may:
||Request an Individual Service Plan (ISP) from
||Set conditions of supervision for the child that
||Regular school attendance;
|Participation in a substance abuse or mental health
outpatient treatment program
|Reporting on a regular basis to DCFS or any other
designated person or agency; and
||Any other condition the court deems appropriate
condition of supervision including but not limited to : employment,
participation in an anger management program, and refraining from
using alcohol or drugs.
||Order the parent to participate in counseling services
or other services for the child requiring parental participation. (The
parents shall be financially responsible for costs related to the
court ordered plan.)
||Order DCFS to monitor compliance, assist in
coordinating court-ordered services, and submit reports for review
NO DISPOSITION ORDER OR CONDITION OF SUPERVISION ORDERED BY A COURT
PURSUANT TO RCW 13.32A.196 SHALL INCLUDE INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT OF A CHILD
FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE OR MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT
Petition Review: A review will be scheduled within three
(3) months of the disposition and again within six (6) months of the first
Contempt: (Willful violation of a court
order) A motion for contempt may be made by a parent, child, or by
any public agency, organization or person having custody of the child
under an At-Risk order..
Pick-up Orders/Warrants: Requests may be made for pick-up
orders directing law enforcement to take a child into custody and place
with the parent or the Division of Children and Family Services, depending
on the placement order violated.
A Court Services Officer may file a motion for an order
authorizing issuance of a warrant only if:
|| There has been a finding of contempt of court
|| There is suspended time remaining on the
| It appears the juvenile has violated the
conditions of the
If a warrant is issued, it will be processed like an offender matter,
and law enforcement will bring the child to detention when taken into
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