Juvenile Probation

NOTICE:  Chester County is currently in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s “green phase” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the restrictions being upheld during the green phase, Chester County Government and Courts are operating on limited services with many of our staff continuing to provide services and programs while working from home.  If you are not able to complete your business online or find answers to your questions, please send us an email at juvenileprobation@chesco.org, or call us on 610-344-6295.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.  Please continue to follow all CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines to help control the spread of COVID-19 during the green phase.  A reminder of the guidelines to be followed during the green phase are found here:  https://restorechestercounty.org/Regulations.cfm

Reopening - What to Expect

This information may be updated in the weeks to come based on the Court’s Order.

JPO Services

  • Your child should continue to call weekly to check in with their Probation Officer (PO) as normal. 
  • POs are available by both phone and email.Please contact them with any questions you may have.
  • POs are continuing to communicate regularly with schools, service providers, attorneys, police and victims regarding youth under supervision.
  • Parents/guardians should continue to implement appropriate consequences for poor behavior or failure to follow household rules. POs can help identify appropriate consequences for behaviors, including how to reward good behavior.  
  • PO will begin seeing youth in the community. Contacts will be conducted with social distancing and precautions in place, with the goal to do as many outside (e.g. on porches, sidewalks, etc.) as possible. POs will not enter homes unless it becomes necessary. 
  • Some youth may be participating in groups being conducted by POs through ZOOM or another virtual platform. If they are asked to participate in these groups it is important that there is a place for them to participate that is quiet and private, if possible. 
  • Community service options that follow CDC safety precautions are available to youth.  Please contact Community Service Supervisor, Gary Purfield at 610-344-4564 or gpurfield@chesco.org if you need assistance with community service. 
    • Restitution and costs/fines should continue to be paid.  Log onto http://ujsportal.pacourts.us and click on PAePay under the eCommerce menu.  An informational brochure is available on our website. If you have a financial hardship due to COVID-19, please discuss that with your PO. 
    • Your child may be scheduled to come to the Justice Center for drug testing.  Your PO will schedule an appointment. All precautions, outlined in this document below, will be in effect when you enter the building. 
    • You may be scheduled to attend a Court Hearing in person or by phone or video.  Certain hearings will start to be done in person, while most may still be conducted by phone or video. Attendance at in-person hearings will be limited. Ask your attorney or PO if you are not clear about how you will be expected to participate. If you are scheduled to attend in person, but you are ill, notify your PO immediately. 
    • Expect and plan for delays as you enter the building due to health screening (see below) and limits to the number of people in public spaces and elevators. 
    • Your child may be referred to a community-based program; we are working together with these programs to review the CDC guidelines for safety. The program may contact your child in person, with social-distancing practices in place, or be in contact over the phone.
    • Your family may be referred for therapy through the Family Intervention Unit.  These services can be provided over the phone, virtually or in person at the Justice Center, again, with current CDC guidelines in place. Please contact Terri Winchock, Family Therapist at 610-344-6714 or twinchock@chesco.org  to schedule.
    • If your child is removed from the community, there may be a period of time when he or she is in a quarantine unit with other youth in a residential program or in the Youth Center. Each facility has its own policies in place for visits which would be shared with you upon your child’s arrival. Please communicate with your child’s PO if you have any concerns.

Face masks/Social Distancing in the Justice Center 

  • All individuals who enter the Justice Center are required to wear a face mask during their visit.
  • All individuals are required to maintain ‘Social Distancing’ and stay no less than six feet away from all persons within a county building.
    • The number of people permitted on the elevators will be restricted to two or as directed by signs posted at the elevators.
    • Cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow.
    • Avoid touching face, eyes and nose.
    • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available. 

 Screening Requirements when entering the Justice Center 

  • All employees and visitors are required to complete health screening upon entering the Justice Center.
  • As you enter the building, you can either scan a code with your cell phone to access the health assessment or complete a paper copy of the screening. Complete the health assessment.
  • Next, you will have your temperature taken by security. If you have a fever, you will not be permitted to continue on to your appointment.
  • Once you submit your survey, you will receive a message to “GO” or to “STOP” based on your responses. Show security and follow the guidance provided in the message.
  • Any person who does not “pass” the health screening will be denied access to the building. 
  • If you do not pass the screening, contact your PO to let them know.
If you are ill prior to your appointment, remain at home and contact your PO as soon as possible to report the illness and to be informed of next steps.

PAePay Online Case Payments


The PAePay Online Case Payments site allows the public to securely make payments on cases and payment plans with outstanding balances in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Common Pleas and Magisterial District courts. Payments are accepted using Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, and ATM/Debit cards. Read the brochure for more information.

Employment Opportunities

Internship Opportunities


The Juvenile Probation Department is dedicated to providing hands-on non-paid educational internship/practicum experiences to qualified graduate and undergraduate students in the following majors: Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology, Social Work and other Social Service fields. In order to be accepted into the internship program, applicants must have the ability to be awarded college credit for their successful participation. Initial requests for internship experiences can be emailed to Probation Supervisor, Michelle Harris-Alexander. The email should include: school attending, graduate or undergraduate, year in school (junior, senior, etc) is the request for summer or a semester internship, the dates available, when the internship would start and end, the total number of hours needed to satisfy the internship requirements, student contact information (including home and school addresses, email and phone), and the name of the internship program advisor/coordinator. The student should also send a cover letter, a copy of their resume and a completed student internship application.

Internship application deadlines

  • Summer semester - February 15
  • Fall semester - April 15
  • Spring semester - October 15

Internship hour requirements


Summer session - must be able to work 450 hours or at least 10 weeks @ 37.5 hours per week.

Fall/Spring semester - must be able to work part-time with a minimum of 2 full days per week (15 hours) or 20 hours split throughout the week.

Volunteer Opportunities

 

Thresholds

 
This program uses a six step decision making model that is offered to youth detained at the Chester County Youth Center for the purpose of empowering them to learn how to set goals and create realistic plans on how to reach them, as well as, to learn the difference between making a decision and reacting. The hope is that this knowledge will positively impact their lives, and in essence, their communities, in the future.

Volunteer working experiences with at-risk youth can be found with Thresholds which holds programs at both the Chester County and Delaware County Youth Centers.  Find more information at http://thresholdsdelco.org/

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