Alternatives to Detention - "Cool Beds" Volunteer


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Throughout North CountyVista, CA 92084


North County Lifeline’s ATD (Alternatives to Detention) is a law enforcement referred program that provides a continuum of detention alternatives to low-risk juvenile offenders who do not require secure detention. Services provided include case management, crisis intervention, mentoring, therapy and temporary placement in 'Cool Beds’ or short-term foster care settings.

Lifeline is seeking to recruit Foster Families that are willing to take in youth as an alternative to placing them in Juvenile Hall detention for a period of 1 day to 2 weeks, until they can be returned to their families or safely be placed elsewhere.

San Diego Youth Services (SDYS), our ATD partner, provides Foster Care Training and Certification for families who are interested in providing this much needed service to the youth of our North County communities.

If there are any questions regarding the ATD program, please contact Deborah Shriver, Associate Executive Director of Programs, at


  • Youth Services
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Child Welfare

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • SDYS Foster Care Training and Certification contact: 619-221-8610 ext 276
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