Juvenile Justice 101
Juvenile Court offers a program to help parents whose children have been arrested and referred the court. The program - "Juvenile Justice 101” - connects volunteer parents of youth who have been through the Juvenile Court with parents who are new to the system.
Juvenile Justice 101 includes four primary components:
- A Court Orientation;
- Agency Presentations;
- One-on-One Support; and
- Community Outreach.
The court orientation usually takes place on Monday afternoons, Wednesday mornings, and Thursday afternoons. The orientation begins 30 minutes before the start of the First Appearance calendar at Juvenile Court. First Appearance hearings are held for youth who have been booked into detention since the end of the last court day. At the orientation, parents watch a video, receive a resource booklet, and learn about the juvenile offender process.
Following the orientation, a community agency representative presents for 10-15 minutes on services that are available to families. Agency representatives typically bring brochures and also are available to answer questions. Agencies that may provide information include:
- Odessa Brown Children's Clinic
- STEP-UP - a counseling program for teens who are violent at home
- Sound Mental Health
- Changes Parent Support Network
- Atlantic Street Center
- Friends of Youth
- Children's Crisis Outreach Response System
- Consejo - Substance abuse and chemical dependency youth program
- Auburn Youth Services
- Southwest Youth and Family Services
- YMCA Family Services and Mental Health
- The Mockingbird Society
Brochures from many of these agencies are available anytime at Juvenile Court.
After the presentation, Family Partners approach each person waiting in the court lobby to follow up on any questions raised in the orientation.
Family Partners also go out into the community to make presentations about the Juvenile Justice 101 program and to answer questions about Juvenile Court.