Although the kids break the curfew rules, the parents pay the price with either a fine or through community service.
Many parents like Monique Pollard are frustrated because they feel that sometimes, there's nothing they can do to prevent it.
"Yes, she or he is my responsibility," said an exasperated Pollard, "but if I'm at work, how can I be responsible for that?"
That's one reason why ROCK, the Redirecting Our Curfew Kids program, was created. Guided by Municipal Judge Emanuella Groves, the program's emphasis is more on prevention than punishment.
"Often," said Groves, "the parent will bring the child to court because they want some intervention."
Pollard, mother of a 14-year-old, did exactly that.
"She wasn't listening to me 100 percent so I had to reach out, I had to reach out."
Parents in Groves' court have the option of going the traditional route of paying a fine or doing community service, or they can register in the ROCK program.
Parents are required to attend a parent group session where they can learn techniques that can help them to better engage and oversee their children. The list of required activities includes having parents review their child's report card and participate in parent/teacher conferences.
Once parents have fulfilled the requirements of the court and their child has completed 15 hours of community service, the minor curfew violation is dismissed. More than 300 parents have participated in the program since it began.
"If we can begin to identify children early on," said Groves, "let them know the importance of being in school, empowering parents with information and assist them to make sure that they are partners in their child's education, we believe it is a win-win situation."
You can call the ROCK Hotline for additional information at 216-664-6668.