Shelter care is a probable option for a youth that:
- is not trusted to attend his or her next court hearing.
- cannot return home at the moment of placement, but with focused and steady work with the family, there is an expectation that the youth may be able to return to the family home within 60 days.
- cannot return home and is scheduled to be placed in a more structured residential home, but needs a temporary structured setting while referrals and interviews occur to finalize the final residential placement.
- needs a temporary intensive residential placement while the Juvenile Probation and Parole Officer (JPPO) searches for a new structured placement because the youth was ejected from the previous placement for behavior issues.
Admission to shelter care facilities is open to both a delinquent child and a child In need of services (CHINS). Shelters cannot accept actively suicidal or physically dangerous youth or youth identified as fire setters.
Shelter Care is a contracted service with contracts typically of three years duration and performance based. Currently there are three shelter care facilities:
- Lutheran Services runs a program located in Antrim designed for female delinquent or CHINS youth who meet the shelter care placement criteria above;
- North American Family Institute (NFI) runs two programs - a co-ed program NH North Country Shelter located in Jefferson and;
- the Midway program located in Manchester.