This is a diversion program where the Probation Officer has determined that the juvenile may benefit from the services. This is a voluntary contract between the probation officer, the juvenile and the parents/guardians only. The juvenile may be placed on informal probation for up to six months. If the juvenile successfully terminates this program, the case is then closed. If the juvenile unsuccessfully terminates this program, the Probation Department then makes a referral to the District Attorney’s office for a formal petition to the Juvenile Court.