Court Programs and Services


Juvenile Services

Intake
Probation Services
Specialized Services
Residential Services
Educational Programs

Adult Services

Intake
Mediation
Home Study Investigations
Probation

Administrative Services

Volunteer and Internship Program
Volunteer Interpreter Program
Victim's Services Program
Restitution Services

Other Court-Related Programs

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program
Victim Assistance Network
Fairfax County Women's Shelter
ADAPT Program
Volunteer Learning Program

 

I. JUVENILE SERVICES

A. Intake

Juvenile Intake handles all juvenile delinquency complaints and petitions concerning children in need of services; children in need of supervision; status offenders; abused or neglected children (petitions filed by Department of Family Services); commitment of mentally ill adults and children; and non contested third party custody cases.

Hours of operation for Central Intake Services are from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (General public) Monday through Friday (8:00 a.m. through midnight for police). North County, South County, and East County Intake Services are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended hours, midnight to 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, 24 hours on weekends, are available to police with youths in their custody at the Juvenile Detention Center.

Diversion Programs: Juvenile Intake Services provides a variety of diversion programs in lieu of the formal court process.  This is according to section 16.1-227 of the Code of Virginia, which describes the purpose and intent of the juvenile court to divert when possible, consistent with the protection of public safety, those cases that can be handled through alternative programs.  Charges typically include minor misdemeanor cases which may be resolved by informal arbitration and sanctions.

A child participating in a diversion program may be required to attend a Diversion Hearing in which a hearing officer, the juvenile, the parents and/or the complainants discuss the situation.  At the conclusion, the hearing officer imposes some type of sanction, which could include but is not limited to:  STOP (Shoplifter Theft Offender Programs), SAFE (Substance Abuse Focused Education Program), Firestop Program, Community Service, Restitution and contributions to charitable organizations.

A child may also be required to participate in a 90 day Monitored Diversion Program in which in addition to an imposed sanction, they are monitored by a diversion counselor.

For a child to be diverted from the formal court process, probable cause that a crime has been committed must be present and the complainant must be willing to prosecute if the child fails their diversion.  Additionally, the child and family must be willing to participate in any treatment programs or sanctions deemed appropriate by the hearing officer or diversion counselor.  A court petition may be filed for non-compliance if either diversion program fails or if the child accrues an additional charge during their monitoring period. 

Parents Support Group: The Fairfax Juvenile Court sponsors a Parents Support Group coordinated by the Court's Central Intake Services. The group meets in Room 201.1 at the Fairfax Courthouse each Tuesday evening at 7:30pm. The group is free of charge and is limited to parents or custodians and focuses discussion among parents and Intake Counselors on the following problems: runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, school or community. Parents or custodians are welcome to attend whether or not their children are Court involved, and includes those families whose child/children may currently be on probation. For further information on this group, interested parties may contact the J&DR Court's Central Intake Unit at 703-246-2495.

 

B. Probation Services

The Code of Virginia requires all Juvenile and Domestic Relations district Courts to provide probation services. When the court places a juvenile on probation, the Court refers the case to one of the Court's four Probation Services Units. When the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court places a juvenile on probation, the Court refers the juvenile's case to one of the following four Probation Services Units operated by the Court Services Unit.

  • South County Probation Services, 8350 Richmond Hwy., Suite 119, Alexandria, VA, 22309, Phone 703-704-6004
  • North County Probation Services, 1850 Cameron Glen Dr., Suite 400, Reston, VA, 20190, Phone 703-481-4014
  • East County Probation Services, 2812 Old Lee Hwy., Suite 100, Fairfax, VA, 22031, Phone 703-204-1016
  • Center County Probation Services, 4000 Chain Bridge Rd., Suite 2200, Fairfax, VA 22030, Phone 703-246-6500

As much as possible, cases are assigned to individual probation officers by the school a probationer attends. This practice allows for mutual support between school officials and Court Services staff, places emphasis on the importance of education to the productive future of probationers and provides the opportunity for an on-going exchange of information about probationers.

School Probation Officer Program: Jointly sponsored by the Court and the Fairfax County Public School Board, teachers in selected intermediate and high schools are designated as part-time probation counselors. They attempt to handle student problems through counseling and referral either before or after the students become involved with the Court. Court probation officers work closely with school staff to assist them in supervision of youth placed on probation.

 

C. Specialized Services

Effective reduction of future offenses by juveniles is of critical importance to the Court. Consequently, many specialized services have been developed to enhance Court intervention. These include parole; diagnostic services; community service, family counseling; and coordination of direct Court placements.

Parole: The parole unit provides supervision and case management to youth committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and to those youth who have been discharged from the juvenile correctional centers. Youth are eligible for commitment after being convicted of one felony or four class one misdemeanors. Following commitment to DJJ, youth are transferred to the Reception and Diagnostic Center in Richmond for intake and evaluation. In the majority of committed cases, DJJ has the sole authority to determine the length of time a youth will stay in their custody. This length of stay is based on their committing offenses and any prior criminal history. The court can set sentences in more serious cases, as specified in the Code of Virginia. DJJ operates several juvenile correctional centers, and may assign youth to any of the centers depending on their age, sex, and individual circumstances. While committed, youth interact with their Parole Officer in order to maximize the services provided by the center, and prepare for their release. Parole Officers can obtain transitional services for youth including counseling and vocational services. Parole Officers also provide supervision to ensure compliance with parole rules and to provide for community safety. Parole staff may refer youth to halfway houses for those unable to return directly to the community. Parole staff also provide case management and counseling to youth while they are incarcerated.

SHOCAP (Serious or Habitual Offender Comprehensive Action Plan) is a joint effort of the Court, local police departments, and allied social services agencies to enhance supervision and services to the SHOCAP program population. To qualify for SHOCAP, a youth must meet conviction criteria established by the Code of Virginia. Information about youth in the program may be shared between agencies to enhance services and supervision.

Interdisciplinary Team: Section 16.1-278.5 of the Code of Virginia necessitated the establishment of an interagency team to review and make recommendations on youth adjudicated to be Children In Need of Supervision (truants and runaways), prior to the Court making a final disposition. Members of the Inter-disciplinary Team include: mental health, public schools, alcohol and drug services, Court Services staff and the Department of Family Services. The team is coordinated by the Assistant Director of the Family Systems Counseling unit. The purpose of the team is to evaluate a youth's individualized service needs for the Court's consideration in its dispositional findings. Due to the interagency approach and early intervention strategies, the team is able to address a multitude of problems faced by the youth and families.

Psychological Services: Judges may order psychological evaluations as part of social investigations for juveniles within the purview of the Court. Probation counselors also may request such evaluations during the course of social investigations to aid in the formulation of treatment plans. Although private doctors and psychologists perform some of these evaluations, emergency cases are performed by staff psychologists from the Community Services Board assigned to the Court.

Diagnostic Team: The Diagnostic Team is an interagency group whose membership includes a psychologist assigned to the Court and, according to the particular case under consideration, representatives from the Health Department, the Department of Family Services (DFS), the school board, and other agencies. The group reviews especially difficult cases referred by judges, probation counselors, and DFS case workers, and reports its recommendations to the judges. Most juveniles whose cases come before the team have failed to respond to prior treatment efforts. The team considers a range of specialized diagnostic evaluations about each juvenile it sees and facilitates collaboration among the different agencies whose cooperation is required to implement recommended treatment plans. Special emphasis is placed on checking whether community resources have been exhausted before recommending the removal of any juvenile from the community.

Special Placements: In July 1993, in accordance with the implementation of the Comprehensive Services Act (CSA), funds for the purchase of residential placements and for non-residential services for Court youths were transferred from the State level to the local government level. Five Family Assessment and Planning Teams review the need for services and are responsible for ensuring that existing local resources have been used prior to approval of out-of-home placements. When a placement is approved, the team's emphasis is on selecting the least restrictive placement while still meeting the needs of the youth. The Court's two placement coordinators assume casework responsibilities for placements and provide probation/parole supervision to those youths. They visit youths in placement, work with the placement in achieving treatment goals, and work with parents toward changes that will ensure the youth's successful return to the community. Supervision continues for a minimum of six months once a youth returns home. Placement coordinators are also responsible for administrative functions (e.g., billing and encumbrances) for non-residential services approved under the CSA. Placement Coordinators also serve as standing members of the Family Assessment and Planning Teams, representing the Juvenile Court.

Juvenile/Adult Sex Offender Program: The Sex Offender Program is a treatment program provided by private providers and is available to juveniles and adults adjudicated by the Juvenile Court to be guilty of sex offenses. The Court may order the client to receive an assessment prior to final disposition.

Community Services Program: The Community Service Program (CSP) serves as a resource for the Informal Hearing Officer Program and as a dispositional option for the judges. The program assigns youth to work without pay in a governmental or non-profit agency. Youth are assigned a certain number of hours to perform according to the seriousness and number of offenses for which they are adjudicated not innocent. Those who fail to complete their hours are subject to a show cause order for contempt of court. The program also offers mini-CSP sites that operate on weekends under the supervision of court volunteers to probation violators who are referred for an informal sanction by their probation counselor. Four probation counselors serve as staff for CSP.
Pursuant to VA Code Ann. § 16.1-278 a juvenile convicted of various status and/or criminal offenses can be ordered to hours of community service. The number of hours to be worked is established by the judge at the time of sentencing. The program coordinator establishes and monitors the placement while day-to-day supervision is provided by the job site supervisor. Failure to complete the hours assigned results in a return to court.
The program is designed for and is most successful with first and second time misdemeanor offenders. The age range for the program is from 13 to 18 years of age. Job site supervisors are not able to handle chronic delinquent, assaultive, or emotionally disturbed youth. Community Service orders arranged by individuals, families, or attorneys are discouraged.
Generally, the Court has guidelines that establish the number of community service hours. The project discourages setting a specific time limit in which to complete the community service as this type of directive contravenes program procedures.

Evening Reporting Center: The Evening Reporting Center is a 30 day non-residential program designed to provide an alternative to detention for youth on probation who commit technical violations or other delinquent acts. It is a community-based program that is a part of the Juvenile Court continuum of graduated sanctions. The goal is to develop skills in youth that support pro-social behaviors. Admission Criteria consist of:

    • Within the purview of the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
    • On probation or parole and living within the boundaries of the South County Probation Office
    • Age 14-18 years (younger youth will be considered on a case by case basis)
    • Facing court action for violation of probation/parole or new criminal offenses
    • Agreeing to in lieu of a probation violation being filed
    • Are of moderate to high risk to re-offend based on the Department of Juvenile Justice Risk Assessment

 

D. Residential Services

Supervised Release Services: Supervised Release Services (SRS) encompasses the Outreach Detention and Electronic Monitoring Programs. It provides highly structured supervision, monitoring, and services to juveniles who are awaiting adjudication or final disposition of charges, and might otherwise be detained at the Juvenile Detention Center or placed at the Less Secure Shelter. Judges may release juveniles to SRS at a detention hearing, or an adjudication or dispositional hearing, on the condition that they follow the rules established by the Court in conjunction with the SRS program. SRS staff meet with the assigned juveniles immediately after their release to SRS, or within 24 hours, to establish SRS rules as required by State minimum standards. Staff also orient juveniles and parents to other expectations, such as frequency and place of visits, and sanctions for rule violations. SRS staff visit juveniles four times per week, which include at least once every other day, weekdays, and weekends. Visits take place at a juvenile's home, place of employment, or school. Staff contact parents or guardians at least weekly. SRS also manages the Intensive Supervision Program.

Intensive Supervision Program: The Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) provides evening and weekend supervision to youth identified as serious or habitual offenders through SHOCAP and youth on parole/probation who have been identified as high-risk to reoffend through a risk assessment. ISP staff work rotating shifts so that at least one probation officer is monitoring the behavior of these youth in the community each night of the week. They conduct home visits to confirm adherence to curfews and administer urine screens and Breathalyzer tests. These probation officers provide crisis intervention counseling to families (if needed) submit progress reports to the supervising probation officers, share information with local police departments, and carry portable police radios. The service is an adjunct to standard probation supervision.

Residential Pre-Dispositional Placements: In more serious cases which are not informally diverted, the Court intake counselor must decide whether juveniles should be detained or placed outside of their home prior to a Court hearing or whether they can be released to parents or a guardian. If detention is necessary, the available options pending the Court's detention hearing are release to parents or responsible adult, placement in the Less Secure Shelter, or the Fairfax Juvenile Detention Center.

The decision by Intake to detain a juvenile outside of his/her home is made if the juvenile presents a danger to the community or to themselves, and the judge may decide to detain if it is determined that the juvenile is unlikely to appear for the Court hearing. In all cases in which juveniles are placed outside of their homes pending a Court hearing, a judicial determination to continue detention must be made by a judge the next working day after a juvenile is first detained to ensure that continued detention is appropriate.

The Juvenile Court runs two pre-dispositional placement facilities for juveniles: the Less Secure Shelter and the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center.

Shelter Care II (formerly Less Secure Shelter): The Shelter Care II is a non-secure facility serving boys and girls, ages 10-17, who are Children in Need of Supervision or Services, and delinquent offenders with minor criminal records. Youth are ordered into the program through a court order or a shelter care order. The program provides individual and group counseling, as well as a parent support/education group. The residents attend the on-grounds school staffed by Fairfax County Public Schools teachers. The facility provides a safe and structured environment where youth can start examining the behavior that prompted their removal from home, as well as their court involvement.

Juvenile Detention Center: The Juvenile Detention Center is a secure pre-dispositional holding facility originally opened in October 1982 with a capacity for 33 boys and girls. The facility expanded to a capacity of 44 beds in April 1991, 55 beds in October 1992, and to 121 beds in 1998. It is designed both architecturally and programmatically to reduce stress for the residents while providing control and safety. Security is maintained through physical surveillance and personal contact between staff and detainees, rather than through electronic equipment; the extensive use of internal windows facilitates surveillance without being obtrusive. A glass-lined circulation corridor surrounds an open inner courtyard with small-group living areas, each organized as a set of 11 bedrooms opening into a common day room, to replace the traditional cellblock. The building provides specialized single-purpose space for schooling, arts and crafts, physical exercise, dining, intake, reception, and administration. Special attention is paid to screening medical needs, and to providing a balanced low-sugar diet. The program has received numerous facility and employee awards for outstanding performance.

Residential Post-dispositional Placements

Foundations (formerly the Girls Probation House or GPH): The Girls Probation House, established in 1975, provides court-involved adolescent females who exhibit chronic behavioral problems, an individualized, structured and rehabilitative treatment program in the local community. Now called the Variable Stay Program, it is family-oriented, short to moderate term, and has a capacity to serve 12 residents ranging in age from 13 to 17. The program serves both CHINS and delinquent female offenders placed in the facility by judicial order, but does not treat those with severe emotional, mental health, and substance abuse issues. The program provides a structured environment which emphasizes the acceptance of personal responsibility and accountability by residents through means of a 3-level program of behavior modification, positive peer culture, individual, group and intensive family counseling, and weekly parent/community groups. Based on the premise that girls need to gain a sense of independence, self control, and self confidence, treatment is designed to alter the cycle of dysfunctional behavior, foster healthy emotional functioning, strengthen family and academic functioning, and successfully facilitate the return of residents to their homes and communities. The Fairfax County Public Schools provides two teachers who address the educational needs of residents in an on-site daily school program.

A Shelter Care Program has been added to address the needs of shelter care residents placed in the facility by judicial order. Length of stay and intensity of treatment is based upon needs of residents, who are often then transferred into the Variable Stay Program.

Boys Probation House (BPH): BPH is a community based residential treatment facility for male probationers. The referral process starts with the probation officer or judge referring the juvenile for an interview. If he is appropriate for the program the judge then orders the juvenile to complete one of the two programs offered by the facility.

The Therapeutic Treatment Program has a capacity of sixteen boys. It is a highly structured program designed to reduce chronic delinquent behavior and emphasize the acceptance of personal responsibility by participants. This program accepts boys who are between fourteen and seventeen years of age and takes nine to twelve months to successfully complete. Program participants are assigned to one of two groups. Each group has eight members. Residents participate in program activities with the members of their assigned group. Major goals of treatment are to make residents more responsible for their behavior, help them learn to make better decisions in their lives, and promote an understanding and acceptance of the role of authority and its value in their daily lives. Parental involvement is required and considered crucial to successful treatment.

The Transitional Living Program (TLP) has a capacity of six males. This program is designed to assist seventeen- or eighteen-year-old boys in becoming independent adults. The length of the program is five to seven months. This program focuses on preparing young men to live on their own. Each resident is required to obtain and maintain fulltime employment. The program's curriculum provides residents with life skills training in many areas that include but are not limited to job interview preparation, job retention, budgeting their income, consumer awareness, community responsibility, selecting an appropriate hobby, positive decision-making, establishing and maintaining healthy relationships, personal health and hygiene, nutrition, and food preparation. Residents can complete their education through earning a high school diploma, GED, or attending community college while in the program. The program structure provides residents with a firm support system that teaches them to take responsibility for their actions as they focus on behavioral change, maturity, and goal attainment.

Beta Program: The Beta Program was created to address the issues and needs of juveniles sentenced under Code of Virginia 16.1-284.1.  It is a therapeutic program which confines youth for up to six months in the Juvenile Detention Center and provides the Court an alternative to committing youth to the Department of Juvenile Justice (in accordance with 16.1-284.1).  The Beta Program also has six months of aftercare after the youth has completed the six months of confinement component.   Interventions are structured to address delinquency, behavioral/mental health, substance abuse and educational issues.  Some of these treatment areas may be anger management, developing positive coping skills, maintaining healthy relationships, decision-making, moral reasoning, identifying and setting boundaries. Services include individual and group counseling, family therapy, a psycho-education, and substance abuse treatment.  The Beta Program also utilizes the Nurturing Parent Program, Victim Impact Classes, and a creative art curriculum in address various delinquency issues.  The program’s Counseling, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse staff services the residents.   An on-site Fairfax County Public Alternative School addresses the educational needs of all youth.  Three full time teachers and additional educational staff within the Juvenile Detention Center staff the Beta Program School. 

The 11-bed program accommodates male offenders ages 14 - 17. To enter the program juveniles must be referred by a probation officer and must complete an admissions assessment with Beta Program Administration to determine their appropriateness for placement following the youth being court ordered into the program. The Code requires that the youth must be 14 years of age or older, has not previously been and is not currently adjudicated delinquent of a violent juvenile felony or found guilty of a violent juvenile felony and has not been released from the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice within the previous 18 months. Furthermore, the interest of the juvenile and the community requires that the juvenile be placed under legal restraint or discipline, and that other placements authorized under title 16.1 will not serve the best interest of the juvenile.  The Code further requires that the court shall order the juvenile committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice if he is eligible but suspended such commitment and conduct mandatory review hearings at least once during each thirty-day period of confinement.  The program does not accept youth who are psychotic or those requiring sex-offender treatment services.

 

E. Educational Programs

Alternative Schools: The Court and the Fairfax County Public School Board collaborate in operating or supporting a variety of alternative schools for youngsters who are unable to benefit from the ordinary public school experience. Five of these schools were created by joint action of the court and the School Board: the Falls Bridge School in Reston; the Hillwood High School, and Blackwell Middle School in Merrifield; the Sager School in Fairfax City; and the Gunston School in Mount Vernon. The Court provides facilities and administrative support and the School Board provides full-time teacher, books and supplies for each school. Each school has the capacity to handle from 8 to 10 students under probation supervision by the Court who have experiences behavior and/or attendance problems in school. Students are referred by their probation counselors who closely monitor their attendance in the alternative schools. Students received individualized remedial instruction, designed to enable them to either return to a regular school, obtain a high school equivalency diploma, or enroll in a vocational or work-study program within one year.

The Independent Study Program: In 1992, the Fairfax Juvenile Court and Fairfax County Public Schools developed the Independent Study Program with up to 35 youths on probation or parole. The program is designed to address the educational needs of youth who have been unable to benefit from traditional class room instruction or alternative school programs. The program's four teachers serve youths who are pending expulsion, or who have been expelled but permitted to attend the specialized program by the School Board. The Independent Study program has educational and work components. Youths meet with teachers twice each week for school assignments and individual instruction. They are encouraged to find employment to supplement their Education. Job placements are coordinated by each youth's probation counselor and teacher. Program participants can earn GEDs, or if possible, be mainstreamed back into their base school.

Volunteer Learning Program: The Volunteer Learning Program is an individualized tutoring program available to all residents of Fairfax County. In addition to the School Board, which provides one full-time coordinator and 3 part-time assistants, and the Court, which provides office space, the program is also sponsored by Fairfax County Public Libraries which provide space for tutoring and training activity. The program coordinators recruit, train, and supervise volunteers who serve as tutors for persons needing remedial assistance to pass the High School Equivalency Test. The program coordinators and their assistant also diagnose individual educational needs and match appropriate tutors to students and make referrals to Adult Learning Centers. Tutors and students meet one-on-one twice weekly, usually in a library, to work toward a selected academic goal. Tutors are also assigned to the learning centers and court residential programs. Many students are Court-referred; other referrals come from the public schools, other agencies, and other program participants.

The School Probation Officer Program: Jointly sponsored by the Court and the School Board, teachers in selected intermediate and high schools are designated as part-time probation counselors. They attempt to handle student problems through counseling and referral either before or after the students become involved with the Court. They also assist the assigned primary probation counselor in supervising court client in the school setting.

 

II. DOMESTIC RELATIONS SERVICES

A. Adult Intake

Domestic Relations Adult Intake handles all adult criminal offenses against children or family members, and family complaints including child and spousal support disputes, child custody and visitation disputes, and family abuse. Domestic Relations Intake and Services are located on the 2nd floor of the Fairfax Courthouse, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030, in Suite 202, phone 703-246-3040.

Hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with intake interviews by appointment usually scheduled within 2-3 weeks of initial contact. Intake services are also available one day per week at the South County office. Intake interviews may be scheduled after 4:30 p.m. depending upon factual circumstances and the availability of an intake clerk.

Petitions and complaints are drafted and signed at the time of the initial intake interview and sent to Room 1305 to be assigned a Court date. Petition forms for support, protective orders and other state forms are available to attorneys from intake personnel or from Virginia's Court Page.

If you wish to use the services of Domestic Relations Adult Intake, It is best if you make an appointment to come to the DOMESTIC RELATIONS SERVICES Office of the Court. You can call this office at 703-246-3040 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To talk about a family abuse situation, it is best to call early in the day to make an appointment. This way you may be able to come in the same day or the next day. Without an appointment, you may have to wait longer to talk to someone. Also, you may not be prepared with all the information you will need for the appointment.
To talk about custody, visitation, or support problems, you should call as soon as possible because it may take two weeks or more before you can meet with an intake counselor.

 

B. Mediation

Mediation services are available through Domestic Relations Intake Services in support, custody, and other cases in which both parties agree to participate or in cases where mediation is ordered by the Court. The Virginia Code authorizes Court mediators to assess a fee at the discretion of the judge ordering the mediation. However, the general policy of the Fairfax Juvenile Court has been not to assess costs for Court mediation services.

 

C. Home Study Investigations

Home study investigations are conducted by Domestic Relations Intake Services only when ordered by the Court. A fee may be charged in each case based upon the income of the parties.

 

 D. Probation

The adult probation officers of the Domestic Relations Services staff provide probation supervision to adults convicted of misdemeanor offenses against children or family members. A substantial proportion of adult offenders on probation have been convicted of spousal abuse or sexual offenses against children. Adult probation officers meet with probationers at least once per month. They monitor probationers' activities, assess treatment and services needs, tailor service plans to meet the needs, and monitor probationers' participation in court ordered treatment or services. Adult probation officers file probation violations against probationers alleged to be in violation of probation rules. Additionally, adult probation officers provide courtesy probation supervision to other courts.

 

III. Administrative Services

 A. Volunteer and Internship Program

Applicants for volunteer and intern positions must be at least 21 years of age unless otherwise stated. Experience working with juveniles is preferred for relevant positions. An orientation to the court and on-the-job training is provided. Benefits include experience working with juveniles and families in the court system. Volunteer positions require a minimum commitment of six months or as otherwise stated.

Prior to beginning a volunteer or intern position with JDRDC, applicants must successfully pass a criminal history background check, which includes FBI fingerprint check, Child Protective Services (CPS) Registry check, criminal and driving record checks and personal reference checks.

Volunteer Positions

Attorney Advisement Day Assistant: Interviews defendants and assists in processing paperwork to determine eligibility for court-appointed attorneys..

Administrative Assistant: Works with secretarial staff in various offices. Primary duties include answering phones and referring calls; distributing reports, mail, and other documents; copying and collating documents for distribution.

Court Administrative Assistant: Assists the Court clerks with administrative duties related to the Driver’s License ceremonies and in the financial office.

Community Service Program Assistant: Interviews clients, sets up community service sites, monitors client progress with community service assignment, and administrative duties such as data entry and filing.

Interpreter (Spanish): Facilitates communication between court staff and clients, primarily in domestic relations’ cases. One year commitment preferred.

Victim Services Aide: Assists crime victims of juvenile offenders, notifies victims of pending court hearings, informs victims of their legal rights and provides emotional support.

Research Assistant: Assists court research staff in research activities. Activities may include providing support for research, evaluation and statistical reporting to support court service programs for juveniles and adults; providing support on statistical analysis, customer satisfaction survey administration, and assisting in the production of the agency annual report and any other special projects the Research Analyst may currently be assigned to complete.

Supervised Visitation and Exchange Program Assistant: Primary duties include meeting and waiting with clients prior to visitation or exchange, escorting children to and from the car and visitation room, monitoring time and visitation with the non-custodial parents, assisting to ensure rules of visitation are followed.

EMPOWER Program Job Coach/Mentor: Serves as one-on-one job coach/mentor to at-risk and court-involved youth. Provides support, encouragement and positive perspectives while assisting youth plan a career path. Serves as a source of information regarding continuing education and career development techniques in general. One year commitment required.

 

Internship Positions

One and two semester internships are offered to students seeking six to twelve hours of academic credit or a minimum of 250 total hours per term. Internships are offered during summer, fall and/or spring terms. Internships vary in length depending on the university program requirements and Court needs. Some internships may comprise more than one term.

Applications are accepted and interviews are scheduled during the following months for the corresponding terms:

 

Term Applications Accepted/Interviews Scheduled
Fall (September-December) March - June
Spring (January-April/May) September - October
Summer (May-August) January - March

 

To request an application, please contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator, at 703-246-4395.

JUVENILE INTAKE UNIT

Assist intake staff in conducting client interviews and gathering information for writing Pre-Court Interdisciplinary (IDT) Reports. Assist staff in monitoring diversion cases. Assist clerical staff with various administrative tasks.

Minimum requirement: Junior level undergraduate student. Prefer undergraduate Administration/Criminal Justice students with exceptional writing skills. Prefer one semester commitment; spring term only.

DOMESTIC RELATIONS UNIT

Assist intake staff in filing petitions regarding custody, visitation, support, and family violence. Assist probation staff in providing supervision to adults convicted of misdemeanor offenses against children or family members. This may include learning the court process by attending a variety of court hearings including violation hearings, arraignments and trials. Learn the responsibilities of an adult probation officer which may include visiting adults in facilities, attending and participating in meetings and learning appropriate record keeping methods. Interview clients placed on probation, conduct investigations, assist in referring clients to appropriate resources and write reports.

Prefer senior level undergraduate student majoring in Administration/Criminal Justice or pre-law.

PROBATION UNIT

Assist in providing supervision to youths placed on probation. This may include learning the court process by attending a variety of court hearings to include violation hearings, detention hearings and trials. Learn the responsibilities of a probation officer which may include visiting youths in facilities, attending and participating in professional meetings and learning appropriate record keeping methods. Interview juveniles placed on probation, conduct investigations, assist in referring clients to appropriate resources, formulate plans for supervision and write reports.

Minimum requirement: Junior level undergraduate student. Prefer two semester commitment but will consider one semester interns.

SPECIAL SERVICES PLACEMENTS

Supervise youth on probation or parole who are placed in residential treatment facilities. Work with families, visit treatment facilities, write reports and assist in developing case plans for presentation to special teams.

Minimum requirement: Junior level undergraduate student. Prefer two semester commitment but will consider one semester interns.

PAROLE UNIT

Assist in providing supervision to youth committed to juvenile correctional centers. Assist juveniles and their families in adjusting when the youth returns to the community.

Minimum requirement: Junior level undergraduate student. Prefer two semester commitment but will consider one semester interns.

RESIDENTIAL UNITS

Under supervision of a counselor, supervise residents, including monitor and document behavior in the facility log. Accompany and interact with residents in various activities in the community. Observe and process individual, family and group resident counseling sessions with staff; process learning opportunities, experiences, and or obstacles.

Prefer two-semester, Master-level social work or counseling students. Under certain circumstances will consider undergraduate students and one-semester interns.

SUPERVISED RELEASE SERVICES (SRS)

Under direct supervision, monitors cases involving juvenile delinquents and assists in the rehabilitation of individuals. Reviews and obtains necessary signatures on rules of conduct, supervision plans, and confidentiality forms. Adheres to client and family contact standards, gathers information from parents, school officials, and other collateral contacts to provide appropriate case services. Prepares for detention hearings involving children not assigned to probation units by reviewing the Court’s files, interviewing defendants, parents, the complainant, and collecting all information relevant to statutory criteria for detention. Records daily case activity and maintains case files in accordance with DJJ standards.

Prefer undergraduate Administration/Criminal Justice students. Prefer two semester commitment; available at least 16 hours per week, preferably Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

VICTIM SERVICES PROGRAM

Under direct supervision, provides emotional support to the victim and advocates on behalf of the victim to the Commonwealth Attorney, in cooperation with probation staff, to insure their rights to participate in offender’s sentencing. Provides advanced notice of court proceedings; prepares the victim for court. Assists in writing Victim Impact Statements and the filing of a Victim Statement for Financial Loss. Arranges victim/offender meetings. Provides resource referrals for counseling, medical or psychological services. Assists in obtaining compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund, notification of offender status, and enforcement of Restitution orders. Assists in obtaining payee and payment information for restitution cases.

Prefer graduate level Administration/Criminal Justice or social work students. Prefer two semester commitment.

SUPERVISED VISITATION AND EXCHANGE PROGRAM

Under direct supervision, assists in client intakes, visitations and exchanges of families involved in the Court’s Supervised Visitation program. Assists in modeling appropriate parenting, interaction and communication skills with children. Assists in linking clients to services based on client assessment. Documents supervised visits and exchanges as required by program. Documents and reports suspected child abuse per mandated requirements. Assists in completing and maintaining documentation in client files. Assists in gathering and reporting statistical information for future program planning and updating procedural manuals, parent information packets, etc. as needed.

Minimum requirement: Junior level undergraduate student. One or two semester commitment. Day, evening and weekend hours are required.

EVENING REPORTING CENTER

Under direct supervision, assists in providing supervision to youths placed with the Evening Reporting Center. Assists in interviewing referred clients, monitoring participant behavior and activities. Assists in writing daily reports to probation officers, writing court reports and discharge summaries, and learning appropriate recordkeeping methods.

Prefer undergraduate Administration/Criminal Justice students. One or two semester commitment. Day and evening hours are required.

 

For additional information or to apply, please contact:

Volunteer Services Coordinator
Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court
4110 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone 703-246-4395
TTY 711

 

B. Volunteer Interpreter Program

The Volunteer Interpreter Program (VIP) assists staff working with individuals for whom English is a barrier. This helps clients and visitors to access appropriate court services as well as court staff to more effectively process clients. The program currently provides Spanish language interpretation, and some other languages are available upon request. Volunteer interpreters are available for all units and facilities. However, courtroom service is limited to civil status hearings, protective order hearings, and criminal advisement hearings. Interpretation services consist of face-to-face interpretations between staff and clients as well as telephone interpretations. Translation services for written documents are also available. The Language Access Coordinator coordinates the program.

 

C. Victim's Services Program

The State of Virginia enacted the Virginia Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act (19.2-11.0 Code of Virginia) circa 1995 to address the needs of victims. In response, the Victim Services Program was developed to aid victims who have been victimized by juvenile offenders. Victim referral forms are completed by the complainant during the intake process and are forwarded to Victim Services by the Juvenile Intake staff. The victim, adult or juvenile, is contacted and afforded the choice to actively participate, with appropriate assistance, in all stages of the criminal justice process. Services provided to the victim include but are not limited to emotional support, advanced notice of court proceedings, preparing the victim for court, home visits, assistance in writing Victim Impact Statements and filing Restitution Claim Forms, arrangement of victim/offender meetings, resource referrals for counseling, medical or psychological services, assistance in obtaining compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund and notification of offender status. Victim services staff advocate on behalf of the victim to the Commonwealth's Attorney, in cooperation with probation staff, to insure their rights to participate in an offender's sentencing and to have knowledge of any plea agreement being offered to the court. In addition, probation staff may call upon Victim Services to obtain information from the victim when preparing an Investigation and Report for the court or to request a probation meeting, with a probationer, for the purpose of victim impact education.

 

D. Restitution Services

If a defendant (adult or juvenile) is convicted of an offense which has resulted in property loss, property damage or personal injury, the court may order him or her to pay restitution to the victim. Restitution officers are responsible for enforcing restitution orders. The Restitution Office is part of the Court Administrative Services but is located in the Central Intake Office. A restitution officer meets with any defendant who owes restitution immediately after the restitution order is entered and explains the procedure for making restitution payments, and establishes a payment plan and schedule with the defendant. The defendant must send payments to the court so that the restitution officer can track the payments and monitor compliance with the court's order. The restitution officer records the payments and then forwards them to the victim.

 

IV. OTHER COURT-RELATED PROGRAMS

A. Court Appointed special Advocate Program (CASA)

The CASA program started in Fairfax County in 1988; the Virginia General Assembly established a statewide CASA program in 1990. The CASA worker is a trained counselor volunteer who is appointed by a judge in abuse/neglect proceedings. As a child advocate, the CASA volunteer has 3 main responsibilities:

1. To serve as a fact finder for the judge and the Guardian ad litem by thoroughly researching the background of each assigned case;

2. To represent the child's best interest to the Court through the preparation and filing of a written report detailing the CASA's case investigations and recommendations; and

3. To continue to interact with the child and family for the duration of the case, or as ordered by the Court

The Fairfax CASA office is located at 4101 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA; their office number is 703-273-3526.

 

B. Victim Assistance Network

The Fairfax County Victim Assistance Network is sponsored by the Community Services Board and provides counseling and advocacy services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. 703-360-7273.

 

C. Fairfax County Women's Shelter

The Women's Shelter is another free program sponsored by the Community Services Board. It offers temporary housing, food, children's services, and custodial support to women and their children who need refuge from violence in the home. 703-435-4940.

 

D. ADAPT Program

Sponsored by the Community Services Board, the Anger and Domestic Abuse Prevention & Treatment (ADAPT) program offers counseling and treatment for men and women who have been physically or psychologically abusive to their partners or children. Services are offered in Annandale, Alexandria, Reston and Chantilly. The phone number for more information and registration is 703-968-4052.

 

E. Volunteer Learning Program

Sponsored jointly by Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Office of Adult and Community Education, Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, and the Fairfax County Public Library System, Volunteer Learning Program is a tutorial program designed to advance the knowledge and skills of learners as they strive to obtain a diploma or a GED. One-on-one tutoring sessions assist learners in acquiring competency in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science. For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator at 703-246-2139 or e-mail VLP@fcps.edu.

 


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