Court Services

DeKalb County Juvenile Court Services is comprised of court staff that manage various court programs. The DeKalb County Juvenile Court is committed to rehabilitating the children within the community by designing and implementing programs to reduce delinquency. The programs are designed to target the current issues youth are facing in the community and work to establish character building, life skills, and assistance to parents in dealing with everyday issues. The partnership with the community along with DeKalb County Juvenile Court will serve the youth and help to create positive change in the present and future for our young men and women.

Colet Odenigbo, Court Administrator

COURT ORDERED PROGRAMS

C.H.I.N.S.The CHINS (Children In Need of Services) program is based on the needs of the community. The curriculum was developed using various methods targeting specific areas of basic life skills and 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. A parental session is included.

Contact:  Micheal Carter 404-294-2163 or  MACarter@dekalbcountyga.gov

S.T.R.I.V.E. – The Mentoring Program mission is to empower at-risk youth in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their personal potential. This program provides an opportunity for youth to experiences nurturing one-on-one relationships and community support. It enables them to make informed, responsible decisions as involved members of the community. It also provides support and resources to ensure parents have the knowledge to communicate and advocate for their children.

Contact:  Bernadette Means 404-294-2724 or  BMeans@dekalbcountyga.gov

Thinking for a Change – Thinking for a Change is a curriculum developed by the National Institute of Corrections.  The curriculum uses a problem solving component that integrates both cognitive restructuring and social skills interventions.

Contact:  Mitchell Burley 404-294-2477 or  MLBurley@dekalbcountyga.gov

New Direction – a program to address substance issues in youth. This is a six session evidence based curriculum for youth who are exposed to risk factors for having problems related to conflict, violence, and alcohol or drugs.

Contact:  Micheal Carter  404-294-2163 or  MACarter@dekalbcountyga.gov

 Youth Diversion Panel – a program for youth who are first time offenders who have admitted to a minor offense and agreed to participate in the program.  The complaint is heard before a panel of volunteers who will determine how to make the juvenile accountable for their actions.  Once consequences have been assigned, a member from the panel elects to mentor the youth for up to 90 days.  The complaints against them can be dismissed once consequences are adhered to.  Contact:  Micheal Carter 404-294-2163 or  MACarter@dekalbcountyga.gov

Teen Court – The Teen Court Program is designed to provide a community based
alternative to the formal court process, by which first time misdemeanor offenses are addressed through a sentence imposed by trained peer leaders. Volunteers assume the various court roles and deliver and informal consequence for youth to complete.

Contact:  Charles Melton 404-294-2098 or CDMelton@dekalbcountyga.gov

Community Service – The DeKalb County Juvenile Court provides partners with organizations in the community to provide services for the youth. Youth learn the importance of giving back to the community instead of taking away from. Partners include Keep DeKalb Beautiful, American Red Cross, DeKalb Sanitation Department and many others.

Contact:  Charles Melton 404-294-2098 or CDMelton@dekalbcountyga.gov

Mediation – Mediation is an opportunity for the victim(s) of a crime or offense and the person(s) who committed the offense, to meet face to face.  A mediator will help the parties talk about how the offense affected each of their lives.  The mediators are neutral.  They help people explore and negotiate their own solutions.  With limited exceptions, everything said in mediation is confidential.  If a mediator learns of child abuse or threats of physical harm to self or others, the mediator will report this to the appropriate agencies or individuals. If the parties can agree on a solution, the mediator can put the agreement in writing.

Contact:  Olivia Rudder-Wilson 404-294-2738 or OAWilson@dekalbcountyga.gov

Rebound Drug Court – The DeKalb County Juvenile Court Rebound Program is a voluntary five-phase intervention program for juveniles who are on probation and who are having difficulty staying clean and sober.  It is a collaborative effort between the Juvenile Court, District Attorney’s Office,   Public Defender’s Office, Probation Department, School System, Treatment Providers and Families.  The program involves consistent supervision and geared toward supporting and helping youth maintain a drug-free life. Post adjudication status (most important qualifier), Age 14 to 16, Admit to AOD involvement, Resident of DeKalb County, No significant pattern of violence, No prior sex offenses 

Contact:  Bernadette Snyder  404-294-2438 or BDSnyder@dekalbcountyga.gov

CAP – The Commitment Alternative Program is a hybrid program consisting of community based and court based programming. The participants and their families will be required to attend MDT session to discuss the overall progress with core members consisting of program manager, mentoring agencies, probation officer, FFT providers and therapist. Participants and their families will attend assigned programs that are appropriate based on the assessment completed by the probation officer and therapist. Ages 13-17 with felony charge, adjudicated for designated felony offense, violation of probation, youths who have been committed to DJJ or youth who would previously been sentenced to Short Term Program.  Contact:  Bernadette Snyder  404-294-2438 or BDSnyder@dekalbcountyga.gov

 Journey – JOURNEY is the DeKalb County Juvenile Mental Health Court Program.  The purpose of JOURNEY is to create a web of support for program participants and their families through the coordination and facilitation of treatment services provided to youth that have committed a misdemeanor or felony as a result of their mental illness. Females with an Axis I disorder, Age 13 to 16 years old, Legally competent, Misdemeanor or felony offense and awaiting disposition Contact:  Bernadette Snyder 404-294-2438 or BDSnyder@dekalbcountyga.gov

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS OPEN TO PUBLIC

C.H.I.N.S.The CHINS (Children In Need of Services) program is based on the needs of the community. The curriculum was developed using various methods targeting specific areas of basic life skills and 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. A parental session is included. Contact:  Micheal Carter  404-294-2163 or  MACarter@dekalbcountyga.gov

Mentoring (Sister to Sister and 100 Black Men) – The Mentoring Program mission is to empower at-risk youth in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their personal potential. This program provides an opportunity for youth to experiences nurturing one-on-one relationships and community support. It enables them to make informed, responsible decisions as involved members of the community. It also provides support and resources to ensure parents have the knowledge to communicate and advocate for their children.  Contact:  Micheal Carter  404-294-2163 or  MACarter@dekalbcountyga.gov

YCC – Youthbuild – Youthbuild is a community-based alternative education program for youth between the ages of 16 & 24 who are high school dropouts, adjudicated youth, youth aging out-of-foster care, youth with disabilities and migrant farmworkers. Contact:  Nathaniel Jones 404-294-2414 or  NRJones@dekalbcountyga.gov

GED Program – DeKalb County Juvenile Court’s GED Program is designed to provide readiness and support for youth ages 16-18 in hopes of completing their high school education and achieving their goal of obtaining their secondary credentials.  Students who are accepted into the GED Program have expressed a desire to fulfill their secondary education requirements and obtain their diploma. Due to internal and external circumstances, the traditional school setting may not be the proper setting for some students.  Contact:  Nathaniel Jones 404-294-2414 or  NRJones@dekalbcountyga.gov

Crowned – The Crowned Program is an intensive weekly seminar for girls and women, ages 11 and older, dedicated to affirming and creating positive self-images amongst participants.  Contact:  Constance Hawkins 404-294-2633 or CHawkins@dekalbcountyga.gov

Citizens Panel – The Judicial Citizen Panel Review Pro-gram is a program of the Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges, and was established in response to the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980. This program was founded in 1985, on the belief that children are entitled to permanency and stability in their lives.  The program is unique in that it uses local volunteers to form citizen panels that review cases of children in care twice each year to ensure that children do not remain in foster care for long periods of time without a plan for permanency. Contact:  Olivia Rudder-Wilson 404-294-2738 or OAWilson@dekalbcountyga.gov