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Wayward/Disobedient Programs (WDP) are available to parents and guardians experiencing problems with their child(ren) at home. Children 12-17 years of age may be legally considered wayward/disobedient if they are exhibiting some of the following behavior:
Before any legal declaration is made, parent(s) and/guardians should first contact their local police department and inquire about a Wayward/Disobedient Petition. The police will connect families with the local Family Care and Community Partnership (FCCP) in their city/town that provides WDP services. Families are required to engage in services for ninety days (90) designed to assist the family in identifying possible solutions before formally filing with Family Court. These services are provided by the Family Care Community Partnerships (FCCPs) in your area.
If at the end of services problems persist, parent(s) and/or guardians are given guidance in filing a Wayward/Disobedient Petition in Family Court.
To learn more about and/or to find the service provider in your area visit: