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Family Keys: Bringing Mother & Daughter Together

Lillie's daughter Sabrina was getting into trouble and then, one night, she didn't come home. Lillie reached out for help and Sabrina's school referred Lillie and Sabrina to the Family Keys program from Southwest Key. Southwest Key was able to help Lillie and Sabrina communicate with one another again. Now Lillie says she's proud of Sabrina.

"They brought me and Sabrina a lot more closer," says Lillie.

"They helped me figure out how I can say something to my mom or ask her something or just talk to her," adds Sabrina.

Family Keys is an early prevention and intervention model designed to keep youth from becoming formally involved with the juvenile justice system. Southwest Key caseworkers partner with families—adults and youth—to de-escalate family conflicts, develop youth/adult contracts and identify helpful services, pro-social activities and supports available within the family network and the community. It's been recognized as a best practice model by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) because it works.

"Sometimes you feel like you're alone, but you're really not. You know, there's a lot of support out there,"says Lillie."It kind of like brought us together also to remind us that, you know, that we need each other."

If you're interested in bringing youth justice alternatives like the Family Keys program model to your community, we look forward to hearing from you.

Email justice@swkey.org or call toll free at: 844-568-0771.

Click here to read more about Southwest Key's Youth Justice Program.