The Jefferson County Juvenile and Family Court relies upon community volunteers to support and enhance our mission in many ways. Depending upon the level of involvement a potential volunteer is willing to give, there are programs that might be suited to match your energy to help out the youth in our community. All these programs require that potential volunteers participate in training, pass a criminal background check, and commit to involvement for a minimum of 1 year. If you are interested in becoming a Juvenile Court volunteer, please contact us.
Community Engagement Board (CEB) Volunteer
A CEB member is one who believes in the value of education and the importance of youth engagement in school. Youth who are exhibiting "truant" behaviors are referred by the court to Community Truancy Boards. These Boards are made up of school personnel, juvenile justice staff, treatment providers and community volunteers. Youth are referred to the CEB by the Juvenile Court, and it is the job of this board to create a pathway for the child that can lead to a more successful experience in school.
Guardian ad Litem (GAL) & Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
A potential Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is a person who has a high level of commitment to children, an empathy and understanding of the impacts of child abuse and neglect, and a willingness to perform many hours of volunteer work on behalf of children involved in the child welfare system. The training for becoming a GAL is extensive and applicants are carefully screened. Please refer to the CASA and GAL Program page for more information regarding this volunteer opportunity.