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Juvenile Legal System Family Handbook

Leading with racial equity demands that the voices and experiences of those impacted are at the center of all practices, policies, and procedures implemented across King County. Zero Youth Detention (ZYD) is doing the work needed to effectively address systemic inequities and eliminate barriers to access within the juvenile legal system.

Navigating the juvenile legal system in King County is already proven to be difficult for most youth, guardians, and families. It becomes even harder when faced with language barriers, cultural differences, limited education, physical restrictions, disabilities, and other challenges.

The Juvenile Legal System Family Handbook focuses on helping family and guardians of impacted youth understand and navigate the King County Juvenile Legal System. It also provides links to additional resources and helpful information for community service providers working to support youth and families.

Youth, guardians, and families who do not have access to the internet, please email zydinfo@kingcounty.gov to request a printed copy.

Subscribe to the ZYD Newsletter for periodic updates on King County's work toward achieving Zero Youth Detention.