Questions Posted to "Ask a Dispatcher"
Q. My 17 yr old has recently been getting into trouble. 2x she had to be picked up by us. 1x for shoplifting & the latest for smoking pot w/ a bunch of friends. After taking all her privileges (ph/tv), grounding her & making her quit her job b/c of lying about wrk schedule, she now refuses to come home. She's been gone 2 days & finally called just to say she's ok but won't tell us her location. If we call her in as a runaway & she goes to cornerstone how long do they hold her & what's the $?
Dear Juneau Resident,
You should call Cornerstone about your specific situation since each family is a little different and resources available to families varies. Your 17 year old will be of age soon so just making her behave for a few months is not so much of the issue. What you probably want is to turn her away from being self-destructive so she will be doing well in five years and even further down the road. Cornerstone can help with family mediation and helping get her on the right path to take responsibility for herself.
You can also call Juneau Youth Services and see if they can help with some family meetings. JPD wishes you good luck!