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Families

This page is intended to provide information and links to assist families who have children committed to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) by the Illinois courts. IDJJ staff are dedicated to help your child accept responsibility for his or her crime and to teach him or her better behavior in order to become productive citizens. We are here to be a partner with you in that process. We ask that you encourage your child to participate in treatment and education. We encourage you to maintain contact with your child and become active and involved in their treatment and rehabilitation.  The IDJJ continues to explore new ways for families to be involved with their children. Please contact the IDJJ facilities to speak to assigned Youth and Family Specialists and therapists to learn more about the opportunities to participate.


“The Juvenile Justice System: A Guide for Families in Illinois,” (available in English and Spanish) informs parents about legal rights, the court process, how to prevent arrest, and how to find mental health and support services.  “Know Your Rights,” A Guide for Youths in the Juvenile Justice System is available in English and Spanish. These publications are for educational purposes only. 
http://www.icmhp.org/icmhpproducts/juvenilejustice.html

"Facility Toolkit for Engaging Families in Their Child’s Education at a Juvenile Justice Facility"
Prepared by the National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk
http://www.neglected-delinquent.org/nd/docs/NDTAC_FacilityTookit_EngagingFamilies.pdf

 

"Family Guide to Getting Involved in Your Child’s Education at a Juvenile Justice Facility"
Prepared by the National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk
http://www.neglected-delinquent.org/nd/docs/NDTAC_FamilyGuide.pdf

 

"NDTAC Issue Brief: The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) model"
http://www.neglected-delinquent.org/nd/resources/spotlight/spotlight200601a.asp