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Juvenile Justice Resources


A Social Worker's Guide to Assisting Families When a Parent has been Detained and/or Deported - Click here to Download

Child Welfare and Immigration:
Practical Strategies for Child Welfare Cases Involving Transnational Families
- Click here to Download

Art Force Iowa

ArtForceIowa seeks to offer the most at-risk youth in the community a supportive environment where art rules. All programs are based on our three force model. The model incorporates life and work skills, mentorship, and advocacy into the art of creative expression. A variety of programs have been designed to focus on this model, especially our signature program, Creative Pathways.  Other programs include DSM Heroes, the Youth Artist Project, and our Screen Print Co-op.

To learn about its programs HERE.

Kids First Law Center

Kids First Law Center gives children a voice in divorce, custody, and other conflicts by providing focused legal representation and services for kids.

  • Child Advocacy

Kids First is appointed by the court to represent the child in high-conflict custody cases. In every case Kids attorneys work to reduce family conflict, strengthen family relationships, connect parents and kids to needed resources, and make children's voices heard.

  • Workshops for Kids

Kids First leads educational workshops for school-age children to help kids understand and cope with divorce.

Children have a safe place to talk with kids their age. Workshops invite participation through art, games, discussions, videos, and role plays.

Location: 2704 Fleur Dr. Des Moines, IA 50321 515-414-9562


Iowa Mediation Service

The Iowa Mediation Service is a non-profit organization established in July, 2985 and is funded by federal, state, and private sources. ITs policies and practices are governed by a volunteer board representing a wide variety of interest groups within the state of iowa.


Philadelphia Hearing Presented a Powerful Case Against Institutionalizing Kids

   - Read more click here

Recovery Court is offering to mother's who have an open DHS case and a substance abuse problem. See the flier for the detail

Voices to be Heard

VTBH is a support group is a confidential group for families that have a loved one incarcerated, you are not alone! We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at Wesley United Methodist Church, 800 E. 12th. We start with a potluck dinner at 5:30 and meeting is from 6pm to 7pm. Please let us know if you are bringing children so we can be prepared. We have support nights, speakers and when we can go on family field trips together. This is an environment that families are felt very welcomed in, our motto is “what is said here stays here”. We are here to listen to and support you!

Please contact Stephanie for more information 515-480-7035.

Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)

Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) just released two briefs on juvenile and immigration. It is a partner with QIC-Court teams grant and Zero To Three National Center for Infacts, Toddlers, and Families.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cap has been reached for children and youth petitioning from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico and there will be no more available visas until the next fiscal year.

The first policy brief focuses on opportunities provided through SIJS, the impact of the cap being reached on children and youth and provides recommendations for federal and state policymakers.

The second policy brief focuses on the impact and overlap with child welfare and provides guidance to practitioners.

Fifth Judicial District Juvenile Court - FINDINGS IN THE FIFTH

Latest eNewsletter

In this issue:JCS Annual Meeting features Implicit Bias

  • Featured emplyees
  • Committees
  • Retired JCOs
  • Iowa Model Work Group
  • Summer plans
  • Congratulations, birthdays, trainings

Juvenile Court Services Rural Directory - Download HERE

Jim Casey Initiative/Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice

Latest eNewsletter 

  • Child Welfare
  • Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
  • Juvenile Justice

Measuring For Justice

The U.S. imprisons more people than any other country, but it's surprisingly hard to access data on how out justice system operates. And since criminal justice is mainly carried out at the local level, having good local data is critical to understanding what's actually happening in our communities.

At the Chan Zuckerberg Intiative, they have been exploring ways to help improve the criminal justice system to enhance public safety while also making the system fairer.

On May 23, 2017, an organization called Measures for Justice is launching a new online data portal that tracks how criminal cases are being handled in different counties from arrest to post-conviction. Users can compare data within and across states and can filter the data by race/ethnicity, sex, age, offense type and severity, attorney type, and more.

The portal already has data from more than 300 counties across six states to start, and they are excited to help support the goal of collecting data from 20 states by 2020.

Check out their video here. And visit their website here.

Reducing Suspension & Expulsion Practices in Early Childhood Settings

The Administration for Children and Families provides links to a number of free, publicly available resources to aid states in their efforts to prevent, limit and ultimately eliminate expulsion and suspension practices in early learning settings at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/child-health-development/reducing-suspension-and-expulsion-practices


Reducing Recidivism–States Deliver Results (2018)

Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results from the National Reentry Resource Center and the CSG Justice Center profiles 11 states that have experienced impressive declines in their return-to-prison rates since recidivism was at its most recent peak in each state. Using the most up-to-date data from Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, the infographic highlights three-year reincarceration rates as reported by state corrections agencies. It also details how Second Chance Act grant awards have helped the 11 featured states to test recidivism-reduction strategies, invest in evidence-based practices, and increase the capacity and scale of programs. Since 2009, the Second Chance Act has provided more than 900 grants across 49 states, impacting more than 160,000 people.

Those people and programs are highlighted in Reentry Matters: Strategies and Successes of Second Chance Act Grantees, another publication from the National Reentry Resource Center and the CSG Justice Center. The brief highlights 21 stories from programs across 19 states, all of which are funded by the Second Chance Act.

Transforming Corrections Culture

One Iowa provides interactive trainings to law enforcement officers and administrators at all levels. We help them understand the challenges LGBTQ people face in the criminal justice system, and help educate law enforcement on how to professionally and humanely treat LGBTQ persons.

We aim to open a dialogue between the LGBTQ community and law enforcement. Through comprehensive training programs, we help law enforcement and corrections officers understand and confront discrimination against LGBTQ individuals, and create a safer environment for all.

Participants will:

learn how gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation contribute to our identities
learn to identify and combat myths and stereotypes about LGBTQ people
gain a deeper understanding of how PREA impacts prisons, jails, and lockups

For more information about our law enforcement trainings, please contact us.


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