The Juvenile Placement Unit utilizes a team approach in working with youth who are ordered into suitable placement by the Ventura County Juvenile Court. The team is represented by several probation staff as well as a Public Health Nurse, a Human Services Agency Eligibility Officer, a parent partner, peer partner, and the Behavioral Health Department. The youth are generally placed in facilities that focus on treatment needs, delinquency history, community safety, and family issues. Placements could also be in foster homes or with relative/non-relative extended families. The goal is to achieve family reunification whenever possible. If that is not possible, we work toward placing youth in the least restrictive setting and focus on independent living skills and/or transitional housing. A portion of the placement youth who reach the age of majority may move onto the extended foster care and become non-minor dependents (NMD). These youth typically reside in a Transitional Housing Program-Plus Foster Care (THP+FC) home. The housing is similar to a group home facility setting. They remain under the jurisdiction of the court. For those NMDs who are highly independent, an alternative living arrangement called a supervised independent living placement (SILP) can be arranged. This may include an apartment, dormitory, or a rented room. The Deputy Probation Officers supervising a placement youth’s case will engage parents and guardians and collectively work on the youth’s case plan goals, so that the youth will be successful in their rehabilitative efforts. Local resources and placements are utilized, in order to lessen the need for out-of-county or out-of-state placements. A Child Family Team approach will be implemented by January 1st, 2017, to support reunification efforts.