The Dallas County Juvenile Department strives to put “youth first” in each decision that it makes. We believe that:
- All youth should be treated with dignity and respect.
- Staff must maintain healthy boundaries with engaged supervision.
- Youth must feel safe in their environment.
- Order and consistency must be firmly established throughout the program.
- Therapy and programs must be in place to provide the youth and family insight to behaviors in order to adopt change.
Through a juvenile court process known as adjudication, youth are referred and recommended for a variety of programs that fit the needs and best interests of the youth and community. The Dallas County Juvenile Department makes every effort to provide the best services, education, programs and opportunities to youth referred to our department.
The Dallas County Juvenile Department is one of the largest juvenile departments in Texas, with over 1,000 employees and nearly 7,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 17 entering the formal juvenile system annually. Youth receive rehabilitative services from one of our programs, school campuses and many community partnerships. Facilities and probation services are registered and follows standards set by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and/or the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
We partner with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and its Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, to deliver youth-centric, data-driven decisions. Youth are appropriately identified for a variety of treatment and social services provided by the Dallas County Juvenile Department and its partners. Dallas County Juvenile Department works alongside the family to provide the best solutions for court-involved youth while maintaining community safety.