The Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Unit (A.N.D. Unit) test provides critical coordination of information and services to the court system, the public, the legal community, law enforcement agencies, volunteer agencies, as well as social service agencies within and outside Butler County. The array of cases handled by the staff include abuse, neglect, dependency actions, adult criminal actions and custody matters.
Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Unit (A.N.D. Unit)OVERVIEW
In 2002, the Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Unit (A.N.D. Unit) continued to provide critical coordination of information and services to the court system, the public, the legal community, law enforcement agencies, volunteer agencies, as well as social service agencies within and outside Butler County. The array of cases handled by the staff included abuse, neglect and dependency actions, adult criminal actions and custody matters.
A total of 406 adult criminal cases were filed with the Juvenile Court in 2002. Adult Probation Officers assigned to the Juvenile Court provided pre-sentence investigations, probation supervision and regular attendance at adult criminal hearings. Also, a total of 121 adult "Failure to Send Child to School" cases were filed with the Juvenile Court this year. Additionally, there were 50 Contributing to the Non-Support of Dependent cases filed during 2002.
A total of 571 cases of abuse, neglect and dependency were filed by the Butler County Children Services Board and private citizens in 2002. Of those cases, there were 86 cases of physical or sexual abuse, 246 cases of neglect and 239 cases of dependency. The number of filings reflect the relentless work of the B.C.C.S.B. and their professional handling of cases with and without court intervention.
The citizens of Butler County can be thankful for the continued work of the many men and women who volunteered their time as Court Appointed Special Advocates (C.A.S.A. / PARACHUTE) for children. The PARACHUTE program has demonstrated the commitment to providing a voice for the children in court and continues to be an effective tool that is being utilized on a daily basis.
The Family Drug Court was created to monitor case plan compliance for Butler County residents involved in issues of abuse, neglect or dependency with alcohol and/or drug addiction or abuse identified as a primary contributing factor. Primarily single mothers who received treatment developed by Sojourner Women's Recovery Services have been targeted. Married couples and fathers have been added since additional programs have been developed for this population.
The goal of the Family Drug Court is to expedite the reunification of children with their parent(s) in abuse, neglect and dependency cases whereupon parent(s) have identified drug and/or alcohol dependency problems and have complied with court orders, or to expedite permanency in the children's cases whereupon the parent(s) refuse to comply with court orders.
The Family Drug Court Compliance Officer monitors and provides regular oversight to identified drug/alcohol dependent families and/or cases wherein compliance with case plan orders, as adopted after adjudications of dependency, neglect and/or abuse, has been problematic.
The Compliance Officer acts as a facilitator in a collaborative relationship between the Butler County Juvenile Court, the Butler County Children Services Board (CSB), the Sojourner Women's Recovery Services, and the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Butler County ensuring a timely, comprehensive approach to assisting parent(s) of abuse, neglect and/or dependent children to maintain compliance with court orders.
2002 Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Unit Statistics
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