Information for Families

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Services for Juvenile Rehabilitation, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Child Care Subsidy Programs, including Working Connections Child Care, have moved to the Department of Children Youth and Families at The information on this page is no longer considered current. Thank you.

Reentry Team Meetings

We want to create a partnership with you to support your child’s rehabilitation and reentry into the community. We believe you are the expert on your family and in the best position to help us create treatment and transition plans with your child. 

You and your child will be critical members of a Reentry Team that will meet to discuss your child’s treatment and transition through JR and preparation for coming home. Hearing about your concerns, hopes, thoughts, and ideas about what’s best for your child and your family is important during this Reentry Team Meeting (RTM).  

The RTM will include you, your child, and other family members that are important to you. You are welcome to include other people from the community you think may be helpful. 

Your child’s residential counselor will work with the RTM facilitator to schedule a meeting that you can attend, either in person or on the phone. We will help you get to a phone or to a local parole office or extension office if you are unable to attend the meeting in person. 

We plan to have an Initial RTM within the first 30 days of your child’s stay at the JR facility. This initial meeting will focus on creating a treatment and reentry plan that includes goals identified by you, your child and other members of the team.

We will have another meeting a couple of months before your child prepares to return home. During this meeting we will review your child’s treatment progress and finalize next steps in their reentry plan.  This may include where they will go to school or look for work, and continue with treatment, if necessary, etc. If they are eligible for parole, the community counselor will join the meeting to share information about what supervision looks like.

Please let us know what we can do to support you while your child is with us.  We want to assist you in maintaining contact with your child and discuss how we accomplish the best outcomes for everyone involved.


Legal Advocacy for JR youth available through TeamChild

Does your JR youth need assistance with:

  • Questions about their conviction or case?
  • Questions about their rights in JR?
  • Questions about their release?
  • Any other legal questions, or to speak with a lawyer?

TeamChild provides legal services to youth who are residents of JR institutions, community facilities, or contracted facilities.

Your JR youth can call TeamChild at (206) 322-2444 x101 or toll free at (877) 295-2714 to get in touch with TeamChild for free legal services.

Alternative to calling:

Staff or JR youth can fill out a TeamChild referral form, then fax the form to TeamChild at (206)381-1742. Form is available on the website:

When calling they need to be prepared with the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Date of Birth
  3. JR Facility (& living unit)
  4. Phone Number
  5. Issue(s) your youth needs help with

What TeamChild will do next:

  • Within a week of the referral contact, a TeamChild attorney will contact your son or daughter – either by phone or in person.
  • The TeamChild attorney will talk with the your son or daughter and provide legal support.


Parent Financial Responsibility

State law requires that parents of juvenile offenders pay a percentage of their gross income to the department for the cost of the juvenile's support, treatment, and confinement in DSHS Juvenile Rehabilitation facilities. Ability to pay is based on a parent's income in accordance with a sliding fee schedule.

A Notice of Finding of Financial Responsibility (NFFR) establishes the debt and forms the legal basis for collection and enforcement. OFR collects amounts owed for the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA), and is responsible for establishing, managing, and collecting the accounts receivable.

JRA uses these funds to help offset unanticipated budget costs, such as unexpected medical cost incurred by seriously ill juveniles in custody

For more information contact the DSHS Office of Financial Recover by calling: 360-664-5700, 1-800-562-6114, or TTY WA 1-800-833-6388

Click to view a Summary of Parent Pay.