The Shelter Care is a community-based, non-secure, temporary care co-ed facility designed to provide court ordered youth between the ages of 10 and 17 with a safe and stable environment. Shelter Care staff assists youth in identifying issues and starting to address them through behavioral counseling, group counseling, family meetings, academic instruction, and exposure to community resources. Male and female residents of Shelter Care have equal access to all programs and activities of the facility. Male and female residents never sleep in the same room or share the same room. Furthermore, reasonable accommodations are made to integrate residents with disabilities with the general population in order to grant them access to the program and service areas, provided such accommodation is consistent with facility security and are unlikely to place the resident or others into situations of direct threat to health or safety. For most residents of Shelter Care, placement in this facility stems from their early involvement with the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. For other residents, the placement is used as a detention alternative when placement in the Detention Center is viewed as possibly having a negative impact on the resident and his or her situation.
Click here to read the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court's PREA Policy.