The Juvenile Court of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit recently received a $748,120 grant from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council under Georgia's Juvenile Justice Incentive Grant for fiscal year 2016.
Presiding Judge Warner Kennon, Judge Andrew Dodgen and Judge Joey Loudermilk of Juvenile Court announced the grant this week. The grant, the largest the court has ever received, provides funding for the Juvenile Courts to serve youth who would be otherwise committed to the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.
The judicial circuit covers six counties, including Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Talbot and Taylor.
For 145 youth who are at risk of commitment to the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Court will continue to partner with Evidence Based Associates to implement and expand the Function Family Therapy. The program has been cited as one of only a few for reducing juvenile delinquency and improving youth and family outcomes.
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The program treats youth ages 11-18 with very serious problems.