Chris Maranian - Probation Services Manager
3333 E. American Ave. Building 701 Suite B
Fresno, CA. 93725 map
The Juvenile Placement Unit places minors removed from the custody of their parents by Juvenile Court order. Based on individual level of care needed, minors are placed in group homes, foster homes or other appropriate out-of-home placements. Some wards are returned to the custody of the parents after successful intervention but, if there is no parent available for return, a plan for emancipation is developed. All wards are supervised in placement by assigned Deputy Probation Officers, and are seen on a monthly basis. This unit also operates a pre-placement supervision program (sometimes in conjunction with Electronic Monitoring) in an effort to strengthen/stabilize the ward's home environment to negate the need for out-of-home placement.
In another prevention effort, a Deputy Probation Officer is assigned to work with the Department of Children and Family Services Intensive Services Treatment Team in an attempt to keep WIC 300 dependent children from becoming WIC 602 delinquent wards. Officers in the Placement Unit conduct annual on-site evaluations of group home placement providers and monthly warrant sweep operations. In addition, “The Group Home Advisory Committee,” consisting of representatives from all Group Homes, meets quarterly at the Probation Department to discuss issues, concerns, and best practices for providing the most effective treatment for minors in their homes.