It explains that the first four weeks are spent putting the "wards" thru an orientation that they have to graduate from. I guess that is why we have to wait 30 days for a visit. This orientation is spent teaching them the rules and "that they should have hope and believe that they can overcome this and be productive members of society" or something to that effect. I hope they can teach him that, but I can't see me ever believing it. Personally, I think the whole situation is hopeless. I can't see that this will turn him into a easy child and I definitely don't believe he'll ever get out of this system. I think he is doomed and believe that he'll spend the rest of his life in and out of prison. And I don't know what to do about feeling this way. If I hear someone say how wonderful the Department of Juvenile Justice system is and that I should have faith in it, it makes me cringe and want to throw up. The more I hear it, the more pessimistic I am. The few that I've heard of even having a half-way "normal" life didn't get there until around 30 yo and after fighting to get out of the system thru their mid-20's. My son was telling his therapist in Oct that it was hopeless and that he'd never get out of this sytem. I kept trying to encourage him and I did believe then that he could turn things around. But I don't believe it anymore. He didn't even have any guidelines for ever getting off probation before this and was on a suspended sentence until he's 21yo. Now that will be even worse. At least I have his case worker's name now. The man I tried to call this morning never returned my call to answer my question about medications and psychiatric hospital and school records. I also rec'd a letter from another dept there asking about his shot record. I knew they wouldn't recieve half of what they needed- yet they don't just send a list to the parent or contact the parent to see what info they can provide. They get it all from the PO and I know this PO didn't gather everything.