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Court of Common Pleas, Family Division - Juvenile Court

The Juvenile Branch of the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas of the First Judicial District processes cases involving juvenile delinquency where minors have been accused of crimes; dependency cases, arising from allegations of neglect or abuse; truancy petitions and those alleging incorrigibility; and adoptions. Several means are used to provide services to youth and their families.

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Administrative Judge of Family Court: Honorable Margaret T. Murphy, 215-686-7970

Supervising Judge of Family Court: Honorable Walter J. Olszewski

Juvenile Court Deputy Court Administrators: Katherine T. Grasela, 215-686-4050

Juvenile Court Deputy Court Administrators: Mario D'Adamo, Esq., 215-686-4100

Chief Juvenile Probation Officer: Faustino Castro-Jimenez 215-686-4103

New delinquent petitions and probation case transfers from other jurisdictions are processed and filed by the Juvenile Court Delinquent Intake Unit, Juvenile Justice Service Center, 91 N. 48th Street 19139 (215-683-9183) which is open 24 hours a day. The Delinquent Intake Unit performs the following functions for the Court: liaison to the police and the prosecutor's office for the processing of new delinquent cases, authorization of juvenile detentions, support services for detention hearings, appointment of defense counsel for delinquent cases, liaison to the Department of Human Services and to agencies providing delinquent placement services, and initiation of new delinquent case records

Private Criminal complaints against juveniles are submitted to the Private Criminal Complaints Unit (215-686-8370).

New dependent petitions, which are usually filed by the Law Department of the City of Philadelphia on behalf of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS), are submitted to the Dependent Court Operations Office (215-686-4119). This unit also accepts Mental Health petitions filed by psychiatrists when involuntary treatment for a juvenile under the Mental Health Act is indicated.

Adoption Unit
Adoption cases are processed by the Adoptions Unit (215-686-4259).

Truancy Unit
Truancy citations are prepared by Project START (Stop Truancy and Recommend Treatment) (215-686-4104) from a list of truant children provided by the School District of Philadelphia.

Justice is best served when the community, victim and youth receive balanced attention and all gain tangible outcomes from their interaction with juvenile probation. When crime occurs, it is not an isolated phenomenon, but affects the entire community. Consequently, there are three clients- the community, victim and offender- who will receive equal consideration in the Juvenile Justice System in order to reduce crime and restore order. Therefore, the mission of the Juvenile Justice System is to employ evidence based practices, protect the community from delinquency, and impose accountability for offenses committed and restoration of the victim.

The services of the Philadelphia Juvenile Probation Department are organized by geographic districts, specialized probation units, and residential service units.

Juvenile Probation Administration
Faustino Castro-Jimenez, Chief of Probation 215-686-4103
Bennie Price, Deputy Chief of Probation 215-686-4102
John Burns, Deputy Director, Intake 215-686-9184
William Cooney, Deputy Director 215-686-4035
Nancy Magowan, Deputy Director 215-686-8329
Miriam Prioleau, Director 215-686-7721
Amy Warner, Deputy Director 215-686-4202

Geographic Districts:

Central 215-686-4130 South 215-686-7962
Northeast 215-686-4141 Northwest 215-686-7483

Specialized Probation Units and Programs:

Crossover Unit 215 686-4201 provides supervision to youth that are in both the juvenile justice system and child welfare system to provide a collaborative approach for treatment and services.

GPS Tracking Unit (215-686-4271) monitors juveniles at home as an alternative to detention.

Youth Level of Service Unit (YLS) 215 686-4120 - completes the YLS risk assessment on youth to determine criminogenic needs and match appropriate services.

Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (YVRP) (215 686-7494) and (215-685-7332) is a multi-agency, anti-violence initiative that serves the most violent areas of Philadelphia. It provides intensive services and supervision for high risk youth and young adults.

Juvenile Enforcement Team (JET) 215 686-7310 and 215 897-0849 is comprised of specially trained Juvenile Probation Officers and Police Officers. The JET unit operates citywide with a law enforcement focus on high risk juvenile offenders and juvenile/gang violence within the City of Philadelphia. The JET unit focuses on community protection.

Specialized Services Unit (215-686-7777) is comprised of the Private Criminal Complaints Unit, Post the Evening Reporting Center, and the Student Transition Center.

Residential Service Units (RSU) Juveniles committed to and recently discharged from a delinquent residential program are typically supervised by Juvenile Probation Officers who are assigned to the program and work in one of the following units:

INB - 215-686-7397
IND – 215-686-8323
INS - 215 686-4150

Director of Court Services (215-686-7733) manages interagency initiatives, statistics, and reports and coordinates the implementation of Model Court practices in the Dependency Courts.

Pre-Hearing Conferences To better serve all of the dependency courtrooms, Family Court utilizes two full-time Pre-Hearing Conference Rooms. Every court case begins with a Pre-Hearing Conference that involves all parties and is moderated by a facilitator. An assessment of the problems causing the child abuse or neglect is made. Expectations of the court are explained and responsibilities are delineated. Behavioral Health and Drug/Alcohol needs are assessed. In many cases, agreements are reached and the facilitator submits recommendations to the Court on placements, visitation, behavioral health evaluations, and services. Addressing these problems at the outset holds out hope for family preservation or reunification.

Behavioral Health Services-Family Court Unit (BHS-FCU) (215-686-8812) Master's level clinicians research the treatment histories of family members named in the Dependent Petition, identify behavioral health needs, arrange for evaluations and treatment for family members and make informed recommendations to the Court.

Clinical Evaluation Unit (CEU) (215-568-7752) assesses family members for drug and alcohol problems, refers them to treatment, and provides the Court with progress reports for subsequent hearings.

Accelerated Adoption Review Court (AARC) is a specialized courtroom dedicated to examining cases where parental rights have been terminated, however the adoption has not been finalized.

Adoptions unit (215-686-4259) staff files, processes and lists all termination of parental rights and adoption finalization matters. Final Adoption decree is issued by the Adoption unit. They also process Registrations of Foreign Birth and Gestational Carrier cases and conduct searches for adoptees seeking to locate their biological parents.

Prevention Services Unit (215-686-8328) is a prevention program which services families and children who voluntarily access the Court for assistance. Assessment of what is causing the problematic behavior (i.e., acting out in school, disrespectful at home or in the community, having anger issues or experimenting with drugs and alcohol).

Project START (Stop Truancy and Recommend Treatment) (215-686-4104). With the aid of Project START, DHS and School District staff, Judges, Masters and Facilitators conduct Truancy Hearings at school sites and in the courthouse.

Court Listings (215-686-7733) schedules delinquent and dependent trials and other hearings involving juveniles.

Courtroom Operations (215-686-4244) provides court officers to manage cases in the courtrooms.

Dependent Court Operations Unit (215-686-4119) processes and stores dependent case petitions and enters the data on new petitions into the automated database. Maintains Dependent Court Records. Kim Tobin (Director)

Juvenile Record Room (215-686-4155) staff process and store juvenile probation case records. Eric Smith (Director)

Children's supervised waiting area (215-686-4090) provides court-supervised custody/physical most Sundays, during three time periods - 9:30-11:30, 12:00-2:00, and 2:30-4:30.

Training Unit (215-686-4116) organizes, facilitates, and schedules structured trainings as well as support to the departments within the Juvenile Branch of Family Court. Margaret Joyce, Director

Victim Services Unit (215-686-7060) works directly with victims of juvenile crime, providing information and other assistance.

Substance Analysis Unit (215-686-7722) Provides drug and alcohol testing for individuals ordered by the court and youth under probation supervision. Eric Smith (Director)

For general Court information, contact (215) 686-7000.


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