Juvenile Diversion

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday






387 N. Chestnut St. Ste. 1
Wahoo, NE 68066

Contact Us


To report child abuse or neglect concerns, call the Nebraska Abuse/Neglect Hotline at
1-800-652-1999. For more information visit Child Abuse

Youth Services is now providing Post-Secondary Education Assistance to all Saunders County area youth. Please complete the referral form.

Saunders County Community Response

Nebraska 2-1-1

Talk About Alcohol

Drug Guide

Drug Chart

Synthetic Drugs:
Bath Salts, K2/Spice


Academic Help

40 Developmental Assets

Health and Safety Council

National Association of Youth Courts

Teammates Mentoring Program

The Search Institute

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Amber Pelan

Program Director

Sarah Goodding

ARRIVE Coordinator

In Saunders County, HELP is one call away. We have programs and resources for children and families, young adults, and older adults.

Saunders County Resource Manual

The Saunders County Active Community Team (ACT) meets via ZOOM and in-person at the Saunder’s County Sheriff’s Conference room on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:00am.


Diversion is a program developed to keep the first time offender from re-entering the Court system.

Mission Statement:

Provide an alternative to formal court proceedings to assist youth in making positive changes and take responsibility for their actions through structured activities and community service.


The Youth Service System acts as an advocate for all youth in Saunders County. Referrals are received from a variety of sources including schools, law enforcement, families or the youth themselves. If a law violation has been committed, the Saunders County Attorney’s Office or the City Attorney will make the initial decision as to who may be given the option to participate in the diversion program, in lieu of proceeding with the court process.


  • Offer youth the opportunity to turn their frustrations into something constructive through various community services.
  • Provide relief to the court system through the diversion program for minor offenses or nonadjudicated cases.
  • Maintain a link with area schools through educational workshops/programs and establish a referral system for handling deviant behavior.
  • Provide law officials an alternative to detention and court referral.
  • Allow youth the opportunity to express their feelings and concerns.


Saunders County fully funds the Youth Service System. Additional programming is made possible by a Juvenile Justice Grant through the Nebraska Crime Commission

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