Promise of family services misses the mark in Arkansas, study says

Posted: May 27, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.
Updated: May 29, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Bobbie Gross sought help for her 17-year-old son’s drug addiction by filing a Families in Need of Services petition in Independence County circuit court. She thought he would be put in rehab.

Bobbie Gross put her own son behind bars. Or at least that's how she sees it. Worried about her 17-year-old's drug addiction, Gross went to the courts for help last June. She thought that by filing a petition with a juvenile court judge, her son could get drug treatment and maybe an order to go to rehab, which she believed was what he really needed.

The Dermott Juvenile Correctional Facility houses up to 32 youths, ages 18 to 20, typically sex offenders and those who’ve committed serious offenses ...

Tom Masseau, executive director of Disability Rights Arkansas, is shown in this photo.

Sen. Stephanie Flowers, D-Pine Bluff, is shown in this file photo.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Earnest Brown is shown in this file photo.

FINS cases as a percentage of all juvenile cases

Counties with the steepest increase in filed Families in Need of Services cases

A map showing the location of Dermott

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