Children in Need of Support (CINS) Program
301-265-8446 for assistance or
more information about the CINS Program.
The Children in Need of Support (CINS) Program is a juvenile justice diversion program for youth ages 13-18. The goal of the program is to interrupt pre-delinquent behavior patterns and redirect youth in a positive direction to prevent them from entering the juvenile justice system or progressing further into the juvenile justice system.
The CINS program uses an evidence-based assessment called the Child and Family Adolescent Functional Assessment Survey to determine a family's strengths and needs and then develops a comprehensive Family Service Plan. The family is assigned a case manager to connect them to the appropriate community-based services to address the needs identified in the assessment.
The CINS program also provides an 8-week component for parents and the youth.
Parents learn about:
- Vital parenting skills
- How the adolescent brain develops and the impact it has on youth development
- The effects of childhood trauma on parents and youth
- Effective communication techniques
- Effective discipline
Parents join a network of other parents traveling through similar journeys and become a support to one another.
Youth learn about:
- Their brain development
- Making healthy choices
- How to communicate their feelings
- Conflict resolution
- Creating visions for their future
- Various positive youth development skills
Youth learn appropriate ways to navigate through life's challenges in a healthy way.