If your child is involved with the Division of Juvenile Justice Services, you can expect that the staff will work hard to provide evidence based programming, teach skills and will work with your family to ensure that your child receives the tools he or she needs to succeed upon returning home. Commonly asked questions can be found here.
Parent’s Bill of Rights: The Parents’ Bill of Rights is our promise to take care of your child, and an invitation to you to be involved in their treatment and guarantee the time they are with us is meaningful. As parents of youth committed to JJS, you have the following rights:
- You and your child will be treated fairly regardless of race, religion, national origin, language, economic status, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or age.
- We will provide a safe, secure, and sanitary environment for your child. You will not be judged, blamed or labeled because of your child’s delinquency status.
- You may be a vocal and active advocate on behalf of your child.
- You may be an active participant when decisions are made in regards to your child’s medical, therapeutic, behavioral, and educational treatment.
- You can expect to be informed about matters related to your child’s welfare. Access to your child’s records. (See G.R.A.M.A)
- Right to communicate with child including visitation, telephone, and mail.
Residual parental Rights: Privileges and responsibilities remaining with the natural parent after the transfer of legal custody of the youth – including the right to visitation with their child unless otherwise restricted by the court.