Brazos County Juvenile Services has three probation officers that make up the Placement Unit. These officers oversee a specialized caseload of juveniles who have been court ordered to a residential treatment facility by a Brazos County Judge.
A child who is ordered to residential placement is first screened by a staffing committee, which consists of managers and supervisors within the department. The staffing committee refers the child to a residential facility, which will offer a unique program designed to fit the specific needs of the particular child being placed.
The placement officer's duties include, but are not limited to:
Conducting frequent reviews to measure the child and family's extent of progress while in treatment
Monitoring and enforcing court orders
Preparing case plans, which outline specific treatment goals
Transporting children to and from placement
The placement officer maintains frequent contact with the child, family, and placement staff by making regular placement visits, home visits, office visits, and numerous telephone calls to all parties involved. Placement officers are also required to represent Juvenile Services in all court proceedings that pertain to the juveniles assigned to their caseload.