Juvenile Services Programs

  • The Children’s Justice Act (CJA) as set out in Section 107 of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is a federal grant for states to develop, establish, and operate programs designed to improve the child-protection system

  • Pursuant to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 2002, the state agency designated to administer the Formula Grants Program must "provide for an adequate system of monitoring jails, lockups, juvenile detention facilities, juvenile correctional centers, court holding facilities and non-secure facilities to insure that the core requirements of the Act are being upheld." The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is the state agency designated to administer the Formula Grants Program, and as such, the Juvenile Services Section at DCJS has been responsi

  • ASA is the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program. CASA is a child advocacy organization that seeks to provide trained volunteers to speak for abused and neglected children who are the subjects of juvenile court proceedings. CASA volunteers advocate for safe, permanent homes for children. CASA began in 1977 in Seattle, Washington by Judge David Soukup who saw the need for more information on cases involving children in his court. The social services and legal systems were overburdened and CASA was created to assist in obtaining information and providing follow up monitoring of court orders.

  • Disproportionate minority contact (DMC) generally refers to the disproportionate number of minority youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.

  • Much research has been done to determine which prevention programs are effective. Although not an exhaustive list, the following web sites provide information about model programs proven to be effective or promising.

  • Purpose

    The Virginia Spirit of Youth Award recognizes and celebrates a young adult who has made great strides following involvement with the juvenile justice system; has overcome personal obstacles; and is today making significant contributions to society.


    The award recipient must be: