Esperanza is a six-month program that provides intensive supervision and resources to juvenile probation clients who would otherwise be placed in a state-run juvenile residential facility.
Esperanza clients receive the intensive services they need without having to leave their families, positive community role models and the local school system.
Esperanza is a community-based organization that contracts with the Department of Probation to provide these services.
Young people enter Esperanza when a Family Court judge gives them a disposition (the juvenile equivalent of a sentence) of probation instead of placing them in a state-run facility.
Clients who are in Esperanza:
- Receive in-home counseling from an Esperanza field counselor, who collaborates with the client’s Probation Officer. The client’s family participates in these counseling sessions.
- Are monitored by the Department of Probation until the end of his or her probation term
- Have access to 24-hour crisis intervention
- Have access to in-home therapeutic services