391 Western Avenue, Albany, New York :: (518) 242-4731

An Alternative to Detention for Youth

To make a referral to the Juvenile Reporting and Family Center, contact:
Ian Spencer
, Director of JRFC
LaSalle School  .  391 Western Avenue  .  Albany, NY 12203
Spencer@LaSalle-School.org  .  518-242-4731, ext. 336

Overview

The Juvenile Reporting and Family Center ( JRFC) is an expansion of the highly regarded, nationally accredited LaSalle School Evening Reporting Center, which has served adolescent males on its Albany campus since 2006.

The broadened program is a collaborative effort between LaSalle School, Saint Anne Institute and Saint Catherine’s Center for Children. Saint Anne Institute serves adolescent females and Saint Catherine’s Center for Children works with boys and girls between the ages of nine and 13.

The program serves Albany County youth and their families, identified by Probation, the Department of Children, Youth and Families, or Family Court as an alternative to detention or at risk for juvenile justice difficulties.

Participants attend the year round program for 90 days, up to 20 hours a week, Monday through Friday. Each site provides structured, supervised and age appropriate Positive Youth Development (PYD) activities for at risk youth between the ages of 9 and 17. The program is committed through PYD strategies to helping our youth understand life’s challenges and responsibilities by developing skills to become successful members of the community.

The program introduces youth to skills, activities and opportunities; taps into their strengths; fosters appropriate peer and adult relationships.

Program Activities include:

  • Health and Life Skills
  • Education and Career Development
  • Character and Leadership Development
  • Family Focused Engagement
  • Community Involvement
  • Mentoring

Family Empowerment

Strength-based Family Team Meetings are conducted upon initial enrollment and prior to discharge to link families to natural and community resources in an effort to increase protective factors and reduce recidivism and further penetration into the juvenile justice system. Probation, DCYF and other service providers and supports are invited to these conferences for the development of both short and long term service plans. An assigned Caseworker has weekly contact with families, including twice a month in the home.

Monthly Parent Nights are designed to strengthen families through skill development and fun, social activities.

Parents are invited to participate in quarterly parent advisory Groups for their feedback and recommendations.

LaSalle School does not discriminate in admissions and the provision of services and programs with respect to race, national origin, or religion.