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Family Engagement


The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) operates within a culture where families are respected and valued and where their needs are understood, in addition as those of their child. It involves and them in the juvenile justice process their child is going through, informs them about what to expect in the juvenile justice process, includes them in decisions, educates them about available resources, and empowers them to achieve and sustain long-term success for their child. It asks what their individual needs are, provides or connects them to appropriates resources, and evaluates how well they felt they were served as partners in the care of their child.

Family Engagement is vital to DJJ’s efforts to reform the juvenile justice system by achieving long-term, positive outcomes for the youth served in the juvenile justice system.  The more we do to support, engage and strengthen these families, the better outcomes our children and families, the stronger and safer communities will be in Florida. ALL families and youth should be treated with dignity and respect, provided open and timely communication and encouraged to participate in the treatment of their child. 








Each judicial circuit has an identified Reform Specialist that can provide information to your local community resources.  Click this link to obtain the contact information for your local Reform Specialist:  Reform Specialist by Judicial Circuit


We want to know how we can best serve our youth and families.  If your child has participated in services with a member of our Probation Team please click on one of the links below to complete a Family Engagement Survey to provide us with feedback about your experience:

English:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/djjfamilies

Español:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/djjfamilies_spanish



For more information related to the DJJ, services and/or parenting skills, click this link to download brochures: Family Engagement Brochure List

For additional information or resources please refer to our:  DJJ Community Resource Guide


For any additional assistance or questions, please feel free to contact:

Elizabeth Phillips

Statewide Reform Coordinator

(850) 717-2586