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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
SERVING THE COURT AND YOUR COMMUNITY

By becoming a volunteer with the Family Court, you will be able to make a difference in your community and contribute to the needs and mission of the judiciary.

FAMILY COURT VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

Juvenile Conference Committee
The Juvenile Conference Committees (JCCs) serve under the authority of the Family Division of Superior Court. A JCC is a six to nine member citizen volunteer panel appointed by the Family Division Presiding Judge. JCC panels hear and decide matters involving alleged juvenile offenders in a confidential setting. The juvenile, parent(s) and or guardian(s) and complainant are invited to discuss the offense and related matters with the Committee. The JCC considers the facts, and makes recommendations to the judge for a resolution that would aid in the juvenile's rehabilitation.
The program is designed to divert juveniles charged with first or second degree minor offenses to their local JCC, which acts as a community-based arm of the Family Court. Charges that may be heard by the JCC include, but are not limited to: shoplifting,
simple assault, attempted theft or theft, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property and disorderly persons offenses. Program volunteers are required to complete mandatory program-specific training.

Supervised Visitation Program
The Supervised Visitation Program was established by legislation to provide a forum for children and non-custodial parents to develop or re-establish ongoing familial relationships in a safe environment. The program affords the non-custodial parent the opportunity to spend time with his/her child(ren) in a neutral setting without interference from the custodial parent or other interested parties. The program provides children the opportunity to establish a normal, healthy relationship with the
non-custodial parent. Specially-trained volunteers and student interns oversee the visits to observe interaction between the child(ren) and parent/guardian and to maintain a safe environment.

Child Placement Review Boards

Child Placement Review (CPR) is a legislatively mandated judicial volunteer program in the Family Division. Boards are comprised of court appointed citizen volunteers who monitor the cases of all children who are placed outside their homes by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P).   Review Board members monitor the timeliness of case movement, examine case plans, and conduct in-person interviews of involved parties in order to provide judges with recommendations to assist in the critical decision-making process. Boards are mandated to assess each case from the point of view of the best interest of the child. The Board's recommendations embrace issues such as how the case is managed and how quickly the child achieves permanency. Review Board members are required to complete mandatory program specific-training.

Court Appointed Special Advocates
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is designed to help monitor abused and neglected children in out-of-home placements. CASA fulfills this mission by the careful recruitment, training and supervision of community volunteers who are then assigned to a child in the foster care system.
The primary objective of CASA is to represent to the court the best interests of the abused and neglected child. The court gives CASA investigative authority to examine all aspects of a child’s case and to explore all viable avenues to achieve a stable home environment for that child. CASA becomes the child's voice in court. Program volunteers are required to complete mandatory program-specific training prior to appointment and in-service training thereafter.

Juvenile Auto Theft Prevention Programs
This program uses community interest groups and volunteers to educate first time juvenile offenders arrested for auto theft. The aim of this program is to prevent further auto thefts and delinquent behavior.

For more information about the Court’s Volunteer Programs:
http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/volunteer/essex.htm

For information on statewide Volunteer Programs with the Judiciary:
http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/volunteer/index.htm

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