Parent and Adolescent Support Services (PASS) serves District of Columbia families of youth who are committing status offenses. Status offenses include truancy, running away, curfew violations and extreme disobedience, among other behaviors that are illegal for young people under the age of 18. PASS works cooperatively with families and service providers to reduce these challenging behaviors before child welfare and/or juvenile justice intervention is needed.
Youth may be referred to PASS by city agencies, schools, service providers, and concerned family members.
PASS provides the following services:
- Youth and family assessments;
- Intense case management (in-home and out-of-home) for approximately 3-6 months;
- Linkage to various services such as therapy, mentoring, after-school programming and parenting resources;
- Twice monthly youth groups and parent support groups.
PASS is a voluntary program open to families of DC youth ages 10-17 who are committing status offenses. Parents/guardians and the youth must commit to participating in the case planning process and in recommended services.
Families are not eligible for PASS if they have an open case with the Child and Family Services Agency or if the youth has an active case with Court Social Services (CSS) or the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.
How to Make Referrals
Referrals can be made by email, fax, or phone.