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Common areaAdmittance
The Youth Center also maintains a 12-bed, non-secure shelter program. Children ages 12 to 18, who are in need of shelter care, must have the approval of either the Montgomery County Juvenile Probation Department or the Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth before they can be admitted to the program. A signed and notarized petition alleging either a delinquent or dependent act must accompany the youth. In some instances a court order is required. The shelter is usually reserved for juveniles charged with a minor delinquent act or dependency issues such as runaway, ungovernable, or truant behavior. The shelter also serves as a haven for those teenagers who have been physically or sexually abused and are in need of a safe place to stay when foster care is not immediately available

All shelter residents have their own individual room. Once there are 12 residents in-house, admissions to the shelter are closed until an opening occurs. Children are never doubled up under any circumstances.

School & Programs
Residents in the shelter attend school year-round, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. After school and following a brief quiet time, the residents engage in various activities provided by either the counselors or the recreation director. Residents also have the opportunity to attend NA or AA groups during the week if they desire. The residents are under the supervision of the Youth and Family advocates at all times. Community outings are part of our program and youth are frequently taken off the grounds for educational or recreational field trips.

Resident room in shelterAdditional Information
Unlike secure detention, shelter residents wear their own clothing. Parents are asked to supply about six sets of clothing when their child is admitted to the program. Skin-tight or revealing clothing may not be worn. A washing machine and dryer are available, as residents must do their own laundry. Toiletries are provided, but parents may bring residents another brand if they desire. Most prefer their own brand of soap, toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner.