DJJ Parents & Stakeholders Message - 3/26/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has led us all into uncharted territory. Governor Ralph Northam has taken a number of steps to combat the spread of the virus including the closing of all schools for the remainder of the school year, closing non-essential businesses and limiting gatherings to 10 or less individuals in one space.

DJJ is pressing on. We had been preparing for the coronavirus prior to the outbreak in Virginia, and we are now responding to rapidly changing circumstances as they unfold. We continue to monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) while maintaining close contact with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). In addition to an earlier message we posted March 17, we created a dedicated COVID-19 resource page that can be accessed at This message, provided to all stakeholders, expands upon the earlier message making you aware of the actions the agency has taken and the issues that we are addressing.

Our priority, across the agency, is the health and well-being of our youth, families, colleagues, and communities. To date, we are happy to report that ...

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DJJ Family Engagement

We know that having your child involved in the juvenile justice system is probably stressful and difficult for you and them. During their time under our supervision or custody we want you to know that DJJ is committed to fostering consistent communication between you, your child, and DJJ staff. This communication and partnership is vital to getting your young person back on the right track and on with their life.

We want to be a resource for you during this challenging time, and support your efforts to continue to serve as a resource for your child, whether they are still at home or placed elsewhere. Clicking on the links below will help you understand more about our system and expectations, and give you more tools to help you through this process.

DJJ Resources

The more we know about the youth we serve, the more effective we can be in providing services and support that will make them successful. DJJ’s Legislative and Research Department designs and coordinates a wide variety of reports, executed via an exhaustive examination of available data and a thorough review of the most up-to-date literature and best practices in the juvenile justice field.

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