Juvenile Review Board

Childhood and adolescent years are instrumental in shaping the lives of future adults. While we all would dream that children are able to grow up without any major challenges – whether they be at home, school, behavioral or emotional struggles, or even abuse – this is surely not the case. In some instances, children may even be introduced the justice system from a very young age in the form of juvenile detention.

At Youth & Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth (YFSHK), we’ve developed a program called the Juvenile Review Board (JRB) with the goal of finding children (under the age of 18) a meaningful alternative to entering the juvenile justice system.

How The Juvenile Review Board Works

The Juvenile Review Board is a diversionary and preventative program offered to children, and families of children, who have committed minor delinquent acts or have displayed at-risk behaviors at school, in the community, or at home, which could result in a referral to juvenile court. As an alternative to going to Juvenile Court, the members of the JRB will instead hear the case.

If the juvenile has broken the law, the board will require that they accept the consequences of their actions such as community service, restitution, etc. The board may also make recommendations to attempt to resolve the conflict the juvenile may be experiencing that is causing the behavior in question or led to a specific incident. Participation in the JRB is entirely voluntary and requires that the child admit to the behavior in which they have been referred for, otherwise they will be sent back to the court system.

The JRB Members

Members of the Juvenile Review Board are carefully selections professionals, including police, social workers, mediators, teachers, counselors, court personnel and community members. The common thread between all members is a dedication to helping young people and their families as well as a familiarity with general good behavior patterns of youth and good communication skills with them. Each member is bound to confidentiality and required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

If you would like to know more about the Juvenile Review Board, our outreach programs or would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.