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  • Truancy center cracking down on parents Play Video

    November 10, 2015 4:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 42-year-old mother was arrested in Baton Rouge for failing to send her son to school. It's one example of the many cases handled by the Family and Youth Service Center in Baton Rouge. Stephanie Hicks with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office says Tanya Green has... more »
  • Parents warned truant kids could lead to jail Play Video

    October 6, 2015 12:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Truancy officials will start warning parents about children missing too many school days. Monday, the sheriff's office truancy division announced parents and guardians of students who have missed at least ten days of school will need to meet with a truancy officer. Parents who ignore the... more »
  • Truancy on decline thanks to Family and Youth Service Center Play Video

    August 7, 2015 7:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With nearly 7,000 truant kids among the East Baton Rouge Parish school population last academic year, the problem of absenteeism in the Capital Area is a serious one. Those numbers are already on the decline this school year, and it is partly due to the efforts of... more »
  • EBR officials crack down on truancy

    May 18, 2015 7:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Family and Youth Service Center held mandatory meetings on Monday after 121 parents and guardians were arrested last week for not properly keeping their kids in school this year. Last week, a truancy round-up was conducted in East Baton Rouge Parish with the help of... more »
  • Juvenile violence and truancy down in EBR Parish Play Video

    October 1, 2014 6:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Truancy has dropped drastically among youth in East Baton Rouge Parish, and local leaders say the creation of the Family and Youth Service Center is helping. It was set up five years ago to address juvenile crime and since they opened their doors in 2009, truancy... more »
  • EBR cracking down on truancy as school starts Play Video

    August 11, 2014 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the school year now under way, the Family and Youth Service Center is tracking attendance and cracking down on truancy. The Baton Rouge center offers counseling, parenting classes, substance abuse programs and other resources. Director Roxon Welch says it's up to the parent to make... more »
  • Truancy roundup leads to drug arrest Play Video

    March 26, 2014 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are finishing up a two day roundup of parents who haven't been sending their children to school. The truancy roundup focused on handing out summons to parents whose children have missed more than ten days of school and have shown a history of absences. ... more »
  • Father claims he never abused "truant mom"

    February 14, 2014 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The father of two children, whose mother is wanted by police for letting the kids miss a combined 137 days of school, claims he hasn't abused their mother and wants the kids back in class. When Ramon Odds learned his children had missed a large portion of... more »
  • Mom of truant kids skips truancy meeting Play Video

    February 13, 2014 7:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman in trouble with the law for the truancy of her kids defied authorities again Thursday. Kenyetta Criss is wanted for allowing her kids to miss a combined 137 days of school. She was suppose to meet with East Baton Rouge truancy administrators but... more »
  • Mom wanted for letting kids skip 137 school days Play Video

    February 12, 2014 6:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police are looking for a woman who they said let her kids skip a combined 137 days of school this year. Kenyetta Criss, 33, is accused of letting her 8-year old and 11-year old children miss at least 60 days of school each without excuses. The... more »
  • 99 arrests made in truancy roundup Play Video

    December 12, 2013 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - 99 people have been arrested in a truancy roundup in Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge Police Department, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and Constable's Office conducted the two-day roundup. Law enforcement agencies received 148 cases for follow-up from the Family Youth Service Center.... more »
  • EBR mother accused again of child neglect Play Video

    September 3, 2013 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A mother of six children remains in parish prison on charges of improper supervision of her children. Authorities arrested Kecia Coleman, 32, of Baton Rouge Sunday on six counts of improper supervision, two counts of introducing contraband into a penal institution, possession of marijuana, possession of... more »
  • Eight moms arrested, accused of bad parenting Play Video

    May 16, 2013 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A joint task force arrested eight women they said failed to send their kids to school, even after repeated warnings from truancy officials. Court documents show one of them, Erica Scott, hasn't sent her kids to class this entire school year. The Family and Youth... more »
  • 8 arrested, 2 at large in truancy crackdown

    May 16, 2013 10:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested eight women and are seeking two more in East Baton Rouge Parish after they said they failed to send their kids to school despite repeated warnings. The arrests were part of an effort by the new Family and Youth Services Center to target repeat... more »
  • School truancy fight

    February 19, 2013 7:24 PM

    A school district in Pennsylvania that fined parents excessively for their kids' truancy approved a $265,000 settlement after it was sued. A federal judge ruled the Lebanon School district improperly fined the parents, even though state law allows truancy fines as high as $300. In some cases, the district's fines... more »
  • Center for truant students working Play Video

    January 24, 2013 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Family and Youth Service Center has helped nearly 1,500 families since the beginning of the school year. It's an all-encompassing facility that offers programs for the whole home to help curb truancy and save students from ending up on the streets. "This center is... more »
  • State budget cuts block anti-truancy effort

    January 24, 2013 10:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State budget cuts and a directive from Gov. Bobby Jindal's office effectively ended LSU's involvement with statewide truancy programs for at-risk youths. The LSU Office of Social Service Research Development said Wednesday that it will end its 16-year partnership with the Truancy Assessment and Service Center on July... more »

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