Juvenile & Family Court Division
Important Updates as of 03/18/20 - COVID-19
Significant changes are currently impacting all our lives because of the COVID-19 outbreak. in order to keep the safety and health of your family and Jefferson County citizens in the forefront of our thoughts, and in light of the recommendations of the CDC, Governor Inslee, county administration and the local public health department, we will be modifying our practices in the following ways:
- Youth will not be required to report in person to their Juvenile Probation Counselor (JPC) until further notice. Your child’s JPC will be in touch with your child by telephone or text and arrange an electronic reporting schedule.
- Certain group programs will not be scheduled or resumed in the near future. This would include Coordination of Services (COS), Washington State Aggression Replacement Training (WSART), and Education and Employment Training (EET). Functional Family Therapy will continue on a modified basis, using teletherapy when feasible. Marcus Farley will be in touch with your family about these arrangements if you are currently involved in FFT.
- JPC will discuss with you how we can continue to support certain service needs your child may have, such as treatment, counseling, drug testing, and so on. This will largely depend upon the policies of our various service providers throughout the county. We will keep you up to date about this issue.
- We will reduce the number of court hearings scheduled. If you have a current court hearing, please contact your JPC and your attorney immediately and discuss whether you need to appear in court.
- We will not be providing direct transportation for youth unless specifically arranged with your child’s JPC.
- We will be available by telephone to discuss any issues related to your child’s case plan. Additionally, if you have questions about situations that might come up during this time involving the behavior of your child, we are available to talk those through with you!
- GALs will not be reporting for dependency court until further notice. Juvenile Services staff will be presenting your recommendations and your reports for you.
Health and Safety Reminders
- Explain to your child what a pandemic is and how important it is for them to abide by our country’s and community’s rules to reduce the spread of the disease.
- Limit the contact you and your children have with neighbors, relatives, and friends (very touch of teenagers!), staying a minimum of 6 feet apart and not being amongst groups of 10 or more people.
- Stay in tune with local, state, and federal changes in policies related to COVID-19.
- If you are feeling sick or are getting sick, stay home. Cover mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, throw the tissue away afterward.
- Wash your hands frequently - washing for 20 seconds with soap and warm water. If you are not near water, use hand sanitizer.
- Clean frequently touched objects like door handles, keyboards, those cell phones, iPads, remotes, tables, desks, etc.
- If staying at home makes your child feel "trapped" and you feel you are constantly hounding them to wash, come up with a place that your child (or you!) can go either in your house or yard to create some separate time and/or space.
Character Trait of the Week
Patience - A willingness to wait and endure without complaint.
The Jefferson County Juvenile and Family Court is a Division of the Superior Court and serves youth and their families in a variety of ways. Most often, contact with this Department is a significant experience in the lives of those involved. In this context, it is our goal to do that which is within our power to see this experience as constructive in nature. The Juvenile and Family Court strives to reflect a climate that encourages positive change, creativity in problem solving, open sharing of ideas, and a general appreciation for children.
The purpose of this page is to provide youth and families information regarding the outbreak of COVID-19
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.
Functional Family Therapy is a short-term intervention program with an average of 8 to 12 sessions over 3 to 5 months.
In most cases, juvenile records are sealed when a juvenile reaches the age of 18.
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.
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.
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.