Mission of the Juvenile Court
The following Mission Statement was adopted in 2006 in conjunction with the Juvenile Courts’ recognition and participation as an active member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges – Child Victims Act Model Court Project.
The safety of children is paramount. Utilizing effective inter-agency and community collaboration, the court serves to:
- Protect children;
- Provide children stable families;
- Empower families; and
- Ensure appropriate linkages to services and community resources while respecting diversity and due process rights of all.
This mission is accomplished by providing timely, courteous, sensitive and effective services to enhance the likelihood of rehabilitation and behavior reform of delinquent children within a sound framework of public safety; by promoting the healing and recovery of abused and neglected children; and by promoting permanency for children who have languished in foster care through making them available for adoption.
The Juvenile Court continually strives to provide children involved in the system the opportunity to become productive, fulfilled adult citizens; and avoid involvement in the adult Criminal Court and the pain of any continuing abuse and neglect. The Court endeavors to build stronger families for the benefit of all our children.