If a youth, ages 14-18, has missed 15 days or more, his/her case can be referred to the Court for petitioning consideration by the Office of the DC Attorney General. Concerned parents or guardians should go to the youth’s school and obtain attendance records and any supporting documents that show the school’s efforts in accordance with the District of Columbia Municipal Regulation - DCMR to abate the Truancy. This includes, but is not limited to: Robo calls, letters forwarded to the home, parent/teacher conferences, facilitation of a Student Support Team - SST Meeting a referral to a diversion program and/or, any efforts parents/guardians have made to address the matter, such as contacting community agencies for assistance. This information is attached when the case is referred to the OAG for consideration of petitioning.
Approximately 97% of all truancy cases are submitted through a referral from:
The remaining referrals are communicated by adults individuals identifying youth frequently away from his/her school during school attendance hours:
If a child has missed 15 days of school or more, the school should have contacted the parent(s) or guardian and offered supportive services prior to making the truancy referral to the Court.
Persons In Need of Supervision (PINS)
In order for a complaint to be filed as a habitual runaway or Person in Need of Supervision (PINS), the parent must have at least three documented missing person’s reports. Parents and guardians can report to the Family Court Social Services Division, at 920 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, Washington DC, to be interviewed by a juvenile probation officer who specializes in PINS and truancy cases. The Status Offender Office phone # is 508-1702 and the supervisor is Mark Jackson.