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Juvenile and Family Court Services
Contact with the Jefferson County Juvenile and Family Court is usually a significant experience for the youth and families that we serve. It is our intention to ensure that this experience is constructive and positive in nature. Our department acknowledges the inherit worth of all individuals with whom we interact, and we envision a departmental culture committed to:
Unbiased advocacy, hope and resilience
Collaboration, accountability and support
Respect, integrity and excellence
Innovation, research and responsiveness
Prevention, restoration and rehabilitation
The purpose of this page is to provide youth and families information regarding the outbreak of COVID-19
CASA & GAL Program
Jefferson County's GAL Program is a part of National CASA, the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as appointed members of the court.
Youth who are booked for criminal offenses by law enforcement, or who are ordered to be held by a judge for pre-trial or post-trial reasons, may serve time in secure detention.
Diversion is a program for youth who commit a misdemeanor offense for the first time, or for whom the prosecuting attorney believes would benefit from a discretionary diversion referral rather than require a formal charge in the Juvenile Court.
Juvenile Court Records
In most cases, juvenile records are sealed when a juvenile reaches the age of 18.
Non-Offender & At-Risk Youth Services
The Juvenile and Family Court provides assistance to youth and their families who are experiencing stressors around issues that relate to family functioning, runaway behaviors, truancy, mental health and substance use.
Offender Case Management & Probation Supervision
Youth who are adjudicated for violations of the law generally receive case management and probation supervision from the Juvenile and Family Court Services Department.
Discover various volunteer opportunities with the Juvenile and Family Court of Jefferson County.
Youth & Family Programs
The Juvenile and Family Court provides a variety of programs and interventions that are evidence based and designed to address certain criminogenic needs of the youth we serve.
Parents For Parents
The Jefferson County Parents for Parents (P4P) Program is designed to lend support to parents who have had their children removed from their care by The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) or are in an in-home dependency case. The program utilizes parents, who have successfully navigated the dependency court system and been reunified with their children, to help support parents who are currently involved in dependencies. The P4P Program refers to these successfully reunified birth parents as Parent Allies (PAs). There are three main elements of the program: support from PAs at court hearings, a two-hour educational class called Dependency 101, and ongoing support.
Tips for Remote Hearings
The COVID-19/Coronavirus public health emergency has led courts in Washington State to hold video hearings, where parties can appear in court remotely utilizing the “Zoom” video platform.