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At-Risk Youth

The law defines At-Risk Youth as an individual under the age of 18 years old who:

  • Is absent from home for more than 72 consecutive hours without consent of his/her parent(s)/guardian(s); or
  • Is beyond the control of his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) such that the child's behavior substantially endangers the health, safety, or welfare of the child or another person; or
  • Has a serious substance abuse problem for which there are no pending charges related to substance abuse.

The purpose of the legislation is to empower parents to use court intervention as a last resort to keep youth home or in an alternative safe place.  For information on filing a petition, please contact:

For Ferry and Stevens Counties:

Monty Jones
Division of Children, Youth and Families
(509) 690-4966

For Pend Oreille County:

Rory Axel
Division of Children, Youth and Families
(509) 671-4157