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Director's Message -- December 29, 2020

DJJ Partners with FACT for New Pilot Project To Meet Youth Needs

After such a challenging year, it is good to be able to share some good news! I am excited to announce a new partnership and pilot project to support youth and family needs. On December 17, the Board of Trustees of the non-profit Family and Children's Trust Fund of Virginia (FACT) voted to support a new funding initiative to assist justice-involved youth. This new pilot project, which will be launched soon in two yet-to-be-selected jurisdictions, promises to provide much-needed yet nominal financial assistance to youth who have experienced family violence or trauma.

FACT's mission is to "amplify community programs and initiatives focused on the prevention and treatment of family violence and the protection of children through funding and awareness." The unfortunate reality is that a high percentage of youth who become involved in the juvenile justice system have experienced some form of violence or . . .

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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.