A Model Response to Truancy Prevention: The Louisville Truancy Court Diversion Project



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    1. served as a Family Court Judge in Louisville, Kentucky, since January 1996. She is a 1981 graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and is admitted to practice in California and Kentucky. As a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Judge Byer has lectured extensively on the subject of truancy across the country.
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    1. President of Family Justice Strategies, a family court consulting group located in the Washington, D.C. area. He is one of several co-founders of the National Truancy Prevention Association and has assisted numerous courts in developing and implementing effective truancy diversion programs.
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3Jefferson Family Court, First Division 700 W. Jefferson Street, Suite 220 Louisville, KY 40202

4Justice Strategies 525-K East Market Street, No. 321 Leesburg, VA 20176


The Jefferson County Truancy Diversion Project in Louisville, Ky., is a judicially-driven school and community initiative created to improve school attendance and to enhance family function and behavior. Initiated in 1997, this program brings the judge and community resources directly to the schools and students for a hands-on, no-efforts-spared intervention. Now a national model, this program has far-reaching implications in the prevention of juvenile delinquent behavior and in the establishment and preservation of safe and permanent homes for children. This article addresses the history and methodology for program implementation.