Ungovernable Juvenile

IC 31-37-2-4 - Delinquent act; habitual disobedience of parent, guardian, or custodian

Sec. 4. A child commits a delinquent act if, before becoming eighteen (18) years of age, the child habitually disobeys the reasonable and lawful commands of the child's parent, guardian, or custodian.

What can you do?

Parent and guardians can provide the probation department with information about their child's willingness to obey the reasonable rules and commands of their household by completing an Ungovernable Child Complaint Form.  These forms are available at the Juvenile Probation Department or by downloading in the sidebar. It is important to note that this form is not meant to take the place of a police report if your child is committing acts that could be considered criminal in nature. If your child is committing acts which could be considered criminal in nature, please report such information to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Please be aware that this department is limited as to options it has on an ungovernable complaint. Completing the form will not remove any of your responsibilities or rights as a parent. In most cases a formal petition will not be filed.

Indiana law prohibits detaining a child for ungovernable behavior. You should also understand that completing this form will not be cause for removal of your child from your home and placement of that child into an institution. 

Where can I get help?

Agency
Services Provided
Phone Number
Advanced Medical Computing (Family Counseling Services)
Family Counseling, accepts Medicaid
574-232-5065
Alcohol Addictions Resource Center
Alcohol and other drug prevention, education, information, referral and intervention services
574-234-6024
www.aarcinfor.org
Bashor Children’s Home
Day treatment, Alternative school, Emergency shelter care, residential continuum,, secure residential program
574-875-5117
www.bashor.org
Battell Community Center
People of all ages & interests: affordable classes, recreation and club activities, and to enjoy the entertainment of theater, music, and much more.
574-258-1667
mishawaka.in.gov/parks/facility/battell-center
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Helps children to develop positive growth by enabling them to interact with adult volunteers on a one-to-one basis under professional supervision.
574-232-9958
www.bbbs-sjc.org
Bonhomie Counseling
Family and individual counseling of all ages.
574-246-1244
Boys & Girls Club
After school programs, tutoring, recreation, and counseling.
574-232-2048
Bowen Center (Plymouth Area)
Family Counseling
574-936-9646
www.bowencenter.org
CASA Office
Marriage & Substance Abuse counseling. Child Advocates for abuse/neglected children in juvenile court system.
574-233-2272
www.sjccasa.org
La Casa De Amisted
Tutoring, Family Support, for the Hispanic Community.
574-233-2110
www.lacasadeamistad.org
CASIE Center
Conducts forensic interviews of children, handles truancy of younger children.
574-282-1414
www.casiecenter.org
Catholic Workers' House
Feeds and shelters the homeless
574-235-0623
574-287-7734
www.southbendcatholicworker.org
Center for the Homeless
Emergency shelter, education services, employment & home ownership assistance, mental health, & addiction services.
574-282-8700
www.cfh.net
Center for Positive Change
Batterer’s Intervention Program, Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Addiction Services
574-360-4066
www.centerforpositivechange.org
The Children’s Dispensary and Hospital Association, Inc
Offers programming for children and teens with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A parent advocacy group meets monthly while students are in session.
574-234-1169
www.childrensdispensary.org
Dockside Services
Substance abuse treatment, individual and family counseling.
574-299-8595
Families First Center
Supervised and unsupervised visitation, parenting classes (young children & adolescents)
574-287-4375
www.Familiesfirstcenter.org
Family Focus
Home-based services, parenting classes, home-based therapy, case management services, homemaker/parent aid, visitation services
1-800-582-4198
Family Justice Center
Battered men and women seeking services.
574-234-6900
24hr Crisis Line: 289-HELP
https://fjcsjc.wordpress.com/
Family Life Center
Extension of Hope Rescue Mission provides shelter, food, & education services (parenting, life skills, employment readiness, etc.) to the homeless (women & children only)
574-235-4150
www.hopesb.org
First Steps
Provides early intervention services to infants/young children with disabilities experiencing developmental delays
574-293-2813
www.indianafirststeps.org
Four County Counseling Center
Behavioral health facility, emergency services, acute care, residential, day treatment, addictions, home-based services, etc.
574-722-5151 (Logansport)
1-800-552-3106
www.fourcounty.org
Hannah’s House
Maternity home, shelter and support for all ages of women, children cannot stay
574-254-5309
www.maternityhomewithaheart.org
Healthy Families
Staff work with young families (must be enrolled during pregnancy or 0-3mos.) at risk for child abuse, parenting skills & child development
574-287-0541
www.fccin.org/sign-up1.html
Home Management Resources
Parenting & life management classes
574-233-3486
Hope Rescue Mission
Provides shelter, food, & education services (parenting, life skills, employment readiness, etc.) to the homeless (men only)
574-288-4842
www.hopesb.org
Indiana Legal Services
A nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to eligible  low-income people throughout the state of Indiana. ILS helps clients who are faced with legal problems that harm their ability to have such basics as food, shelter, income, medical care or personal safety
574-234-8121
1-800-288-8121
www.indianalegalservices.org
Indiana Resource Center for Families with Special Needs (IN*SOURCE)
Parents, professionals, and persons with disabilities who provide training, technical assistance, information and support to individuals with disabilities, parents and surrogate parents in their roles as advocates for themselves and/or for their infants, toddlers, children, youth and young adults with disabilities.
574-234-7101
1-800-332-4433
www.inscource.org
Intrigue Counseling
Small counseling center, private practitioners, individual, family & marital counseling
574-234-3515
www.intriguecounseling.com
Kroc Family Resource Center
Food pantry, financial assistance, community garden, Christmas assistance
574-233-9471
Life Treatment Centers
Addiction treatment for indigent adults
574-233-5433
www.lifetreatmentcenters.org
Lifeline Youth & Family Services, Inc.
intensive home-based services, home-based therapy, home-based independent living services, sex offender residential programs, short-term intensive care program
1-800-509-6884
www.lifelineyouth.org
Lincoln Therapeutic Partnership
Individual & family counseling, specializes in sexual abuse, both victims & perpetrators
574-255-4976
Logan Center
Helps people with developmental disabilities discover their potential
574-289-3945
www.logancenter.org
Memorial Epworth
Psychiatric treatment for 13-17 year old adolescents and adults, inpatient services, 24 hour care and assessments
574-647-8400
Meridian Health Services
Mental Health Services/counseling; accepts Medicaid
574-254-0229
Michiana’s Behavioral Health Center (BHC)
Psychiatric hospital, in & outpatient, drug dependency, acute services, partial hospitalization, etc.
1-800-795-6252
www.michianabehavioralhealthcenter.com
Oaklawn
Therapeutic foster care, child/adolescent residential, sex offender treatment, drug/alcohol treatment, secure residential, acute services
574-283-1234
www.oaklawn.org
Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation
Counseling, addressing attendance and behavioral issues at school.574-259-7941
www.phmschools.org

Safe Station
Temporary/emergency shelter for 12-18 years (homeless, runaways, etc.)
574-235-9396
www.ysbsjc.org
Samaritan Counseling Center
Counseling Services
574-277-0274
www.sccsb.org
School City of Mishawaka
Counseling, addressing attendance and behavioral issues at school.
574-254-4500
www.mishawakaschools.com
South Bend Community School Corporation
Counseling, addressing attendance and behavioral issues at school.
574-283-8000
www.sb.school
St. Margaret’s House
Day center for women & children, employment assistance, educational services, physical & mental health assistance, etc.
574-234-7795
www.stmargaretshouse.org
YWCA
domestic violence, parenting classes, addiction treatment, inpatient & outpatient counseling, (women & children only)
574-232-9558
www.ywca.org