Provides community based services to juveniles and families in the 28th Judicial District of Southwest Virginia. Services include intakes for Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, investigation and reports, probation/parole supervision, diversion services and educate/inform services.
The 28th District Court Service Unit offers placement opportunities for undergraduate and graduate level students. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of experiences in the juvenile justice system including intake processing, social history preparation, probation case management, direct care services, parole planning, and court procedure. A minimum of forty hours orientation to the Juvenile Justice System in Virginia will be provided with additional formal training in specific areas of the above topics as the opportunities arise. The 28th District Court Service Unit consists of a district office in Abingdon, and branch offices in Bristol and Marion Virginia.
There are opportunities to be supervised by probation officers that hold master degrees and/or state certified substance abuse counselors. Training in the use of various screening instruments such as SASSI, CAFAS, and Department Risk Assessments may be offered.
To enhance the student's overall practicum experience the expectation would be that the student commits to this placement for a full semester on a least a 24-32 hours a week basis. Students should be at least a junior undergraduate or attending graduate school. Those considered for placement will be expected to undergo a thorough background investigation including driving record after submittal of a volunteer application and interview. If travel is required, reimbursement for mileage or state vehicles will be provided.
All interested students should inquire at least 30 to 60 days in advance of the preferred placement date.
Please feel free to contact us for further information.
28th District Court Service Unit
193 E. Main St.
Abingdon, VA 24210
(276) 676-6284 FAX (276) 676-6268