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Juvenile Resources
8046 Main Street Houma, Louisiana 70360

Families in Need of Services (FINS)

What is FINS?

The Families In Need of Services (FINS) became effective in all courts having juvenile jurisdiction on July 1, 1994, as Title VII of the Louisiana Children's Code. It is designed to bring together resources for the purpose of helping families (troubled youth and their parents) to remedy self destructive behaviors by juveniles and/or other family members. FINS goals are to reduce formal juvenile court involvement while generating appropriate community services to benefit the child and improve family relations.

How does FINS work?

The FINS process begins with a written complaint, submitted to the FINS program office alleging that a family is in need of services. Anyone may file a complaint, however, it is most common that law enforcement, school officials and parents make the referrals. The complaint must allege at least one of the grounds listed below:

  • Child is truant or has willfully and repeatedly violated school rules.
  • Child is ungovernable
  • Child is a runaway
  • Child repeatedly possessed or consumed intoxicating beverages, or that he has misrepresented or deceived his age for the purpose of purchasing or receiving such beverages from, any person, or has repeatedly loitered around any place where such beverages are the principal commodities sold or handled.
  • Child committed an offense only applicable to children.
  • Children under 10 years of age committed any act, which if committed by an adult would be a crime under federal, state, or local law.
  • Caretaker has caused, encouraged, or contributed to the child's behavior under this Article or to be commissioned of delinquent acts by a minor.
  • After notice, caretaker willfully failed to attend meeting with the child's teacher, school principal, or other appropriate school employee to discuss child's truancy, the child's repeated violation of school rules or other serious educational problems of the child.
  • Child found incompetent to proceed with a delinquent matter.
  • A child found to have engaged in cyberbullying.

Juvenile Probation

Once a juvenile has been adjudicated, the Judge has the option to place the youth on probation with conditions. The length of probation is determined by the seriousness of the offense. There are three types of probation:

  • Unsupervised-this is the least restrictive of probations. The majority of adjudicated youth are on this type of probation. These juveniles are monitored monthly through status meetings.  The status meetings are conducted at City Court or the juvenile's school. The parent/guardian must attend these meetings. During the status meeting, the juvenile's school records are reviewed (attendance, discipline, and academics). If the youth is doing well at school and home, the court will continue monthly monitoring.
  • Supervised- this level of probation is supervised by a City court probation officer. This type of probation is called Juvenile Intensive Supervised Probation (JISP). Juveniles placed on JISP are repeat offenders and/ or first-time non-violent felony offenders. Once a probation officer is assigned, the juvenile is monitored  weekly at home and at school. If the juvenile violates any condition of the probation, the officer files a report to the Judge and the youth must appear in court for a revocation hearing. If during the revocation hearing, the juvenile is found guilty of violations, the Judge may order the youth be held in Terrebonne Parish Detention Center.
  • State Probation- this type of probation is with the State of Louisiana through the Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ). State probation is reserved for chronic repeat offenders and those found guilty of serious felony offenses. Violating the conditions of state probation, could result in an out-of-home placement for the juvenile. If a juvenile is placed in the custody of the state, they are removed from the parent's custody and placed in a non-secure  or secure facility. 

State Funded Services

Child Welfare and Attendance Department for Terrebonne School Districts
Department of Education
For school-related issues only - (985) 876-7400 ext. 237 and 239

Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Detention Center
Director: Joe Harris
Online at: http://www.tpcg.org/index.php?f=juvenile&p=index
(985) 853-1201
3181 Grand Caillou Road
Houma, LA 70363

South Central LA Human Service Authority
Terrebonne Parish Mental Health Clinic
Services offered are: Psychiatric Services/Counseling
(985) 857-3615
5599 Highway 311
Houma, LA 70360

Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ)
State Probation or Custody
Regional Office in Thibodaux, LA
Online at: www.ojj.la.gov
(985) 447-0902

Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS)
Report Instances of Child Abuse and Neglect
1021 W. Tunnel Blvd.
Houma, LA  70360
(985) 857-3630
(855) 4-LA-KIDS
Online at: www.dss.state.la.us

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council for South Louisiana
730 Belanger St.
Houma, LA 70360
(985) 879-2273

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
7528 West Main St.,
Houma, LA 70360
Mailing:  P.O. Box 2602, Houma, LA  70361
(985) 857-3652

Non-Profit Agencies

Options for Independence
Services offered: Anger Management Services, Intensive out-patient juvenile substance abuse treatment, Multi Systemic Therapy (MST), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), individual counseling, Community Psychiatric Supports and Treatment (CPST) and Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) services.
Online at: www.optionsforindependence.com

Resources for At-Risk Families

Gulf Coast Family Teaching Services

Online at: www.gctfs.org/houma.php

West Side Location:
320 Progressive Boulevard
Houma, LA 70360

Phone: (985) 851-4488
Toll Free: (800) 947-7645
Fax: (985) 872-0985
Email: info@gctfs.org

East Side Location:
2509 Petroleum Drive
Houma, LA 70363

Phone: (985) 853-1445
Toll Free: (800) 831-2630
Fax: (985) 853-0709
Email: info@gctfs.org

The Haven

P.O. Box 4279 
Houma, LA  70361
(985) 872-0757

Medicaid Program

Magnolia Family Services (MFS)
Office of Mental Health and Rehabilitation Services & CPST/PSR
1418 Tiger Drive.,
Thibodaux, LA  70301
(985) 449-4055
Online at: www.magnoliafamilyservices.com
Regional Office in Thibodaux, LA

Teche Action Clinic

1014 West Tunnel Blvd.
Houma, LA 70360
(985) 851-1717

Bayou Oaks Health Services

142 Laura Dr., Suite D
Thibodaux, LA 70302
(985) 446-4114

Legal Representation

Office of Public Defender (OPD)

Online at: http://www.lpdb.la.gov/districts/terrebonne.php
504 Belanger Street
Houma, LA 70360
(985) 873-6831

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