Washington County Juvenile Department protects the public by reducing delinquency and restores victims and the community by holding youth accountable. We create opportunities for change through swift and decisive use of effective practices, building on the strengths of youth and families.
Please read the JUVENILE DEPARTMENT's STATEMENT on racial injustice and our commitment to policies, protocols and programs that are equitable and beneficial for all.
May 23, 2022 JUVENILE DEPARTMENT COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (en Español)
The Washington County Juvenile Services Department continues to take the situation around COVID-19 seriously. Although there are no current State or County mandates or restrictions, we do have recommendations to help prevent contagion.
The Juvenile Services Building will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Anytime you can call and resolve your issues via phone rather than coming into the building, please do so.
Please DO NOT come to a scheduled meeting or a court hearing if you are exhibiting cold symptoms, are ill, have a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater, have tested positive for the coronavirus and/or are currently under quarantine or isolation orders from a medical professional. Please contact your attorney, Department of Human Services case manager or Juvenile Counselor to arrange an alternative.
Those of you who come to the office for a hearing or appointment will also be asked the health screening questions when you arrive.
There is an option in many hearings to request an appearance through video, WebEx. Work with your attorney, your Department of Human Services connection, or Juvenile Counselor to request and set up telephonic hearings ahead of time, if approved.
Although not required, we encourage you to wear a facial covering when you come into any of our buildings. Please use sanitizer or wash your hands upon entering. Practice social distancing of 6 feet or more as much as you can in our buildings.
We no longer conduct any of our in-person classes, including the Up in Smoke Class, the Victim’s Impact Panel, the SAFE class, and the Theft Information Class.
We have not resumed any of our in-person classes. They continue to be cancelled. This includes the Up in Smoke Class, the Victim’s Impact Panel, the SAFE class, and the Theft Information Class.
Community Service activities are occurring with limited youth participation to allow for safe distancing.
Please contact Harkins House prior to showing up there regarding the status of your visit. All visitors must wear facial coverings when in Harkins House. 503-846-8766.
The Conciliation/Mediation program continues to hold Orientation Classes, mediation sessions and counseling appointments virtually.
Our front desk number is 503-846-8861. Please call if you have any questions. Please see the Washington County Home page for more information.
To collaborate with schools, law enforcement, and our other community partners
To provide stewardship of public resources and effectively utilize cost effective measures and program evaluation
To provide fair and equitable treatment that includes families in decision making and embraces impartial practices
To incorporate effective practices into our work with youth and families, including assessments and individual case plans based on youth risk and needs
To honor victims' rights and interests throughout all phases of the justice system and provide opportunities for youth to repair harm to victims and communities
To provide logical consequences that address youth behaviors and teach skill development
To foster open communication and team work in a supportive work environment
To demonstrate ethical and honest behavior in all that we do
To honor diversity and treat all persons with respect
To involve youth, families, and partners in creating an effective and responsive department by seeking and responding to feedback
To strive to be innovative leaders in the field of juvenile justice
Juvenile Department Schedule:
- Juvenile Court: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Preliminary Hearings at 11:00 a.m. daily
- Divorce Mediation: Mondays, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
- Drug Court: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
- Truancy Court: Fourth Wednesday of each month, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
- CLOSED FOR LUNCH: Monday through Friday, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.