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

  • Compliance Monitoring Program

  • 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.

  • The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), an Executive Branch agency within the Secretariat of Public Safety and Homeland Security, provides comprehensive planning and technical and support services for the criminal justice system to improve and promote public safety in the Commonwealth. DCJS is responsible for planning and carrying out programs and initiatives to improve the functioning and effectiveness of the criminal justice system as a whole. Virginia receives federal funds from the U.S.

  • 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.

    • Model Program Guide

    Model Programs Guide | Home | Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (


    • Washington State Institute for Public Policy

    Washington State Institute for Public Policy