Nationwide, families of children who repeatedly skip school, run away from home, or commit other status offenses1or non-criminal misbehaviors struggle to get their children back on the right track. Many families do not have the resources or the knowledge to properly address their child's unruly behavior on their own. Prior to the passing of the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) in 1974, states dealt with this problem by removing the children from families and institutionalizing them in juvenile detention facilities. However, the JJDPA called for the deinstitutionalization of status offenders, particularly for runaways, truants, and youth who violate curfew. While it may be deemed necessary for some status offenders to be institutionalized, the current strategy at the national and state level promotes community based alternatives, diversion programs, and comprehensive treatment programs, rather than placement in detention centers. The expectation is that participation in these programs will deter delinquent behavior and subsequent involvement in the juvenile justice system.