Founded in 1994, FJJA is a statewide organization that strongly supports a common sense approach to juvenile justice that treats young people fairly, holds them accountable for their actions and keeps our neighborhoods, schools and communities safe. The Association brings together juvenile justice system professionals and agencies and private and non-profit corporations committed to improving Florida’s juvenile justice system for children and families. We work with and care about at-risk youth in Florida, and we are committed to improving citizens’ confidence in the effectiveness of Florida’s juvenile justice system.
Each year, FJJA develops and promotes a legislative agenda based on improving the system of care for Florida’s juvenile justice involved youth. FJJA tracks legislation and public policy and during the Florida Legislative session, provides a weekly legislative update to members.
Leading in the spirit of collaboration, FJJA plays a major leadership role, working with state agencies, advocacy groups and other statewide organizations in Florida to support juvenile justice legislative advocacy. Our leadership is reflected in effectively serving and addressing issues raised by our diverse member agencies serving youth across the juvenile justice continuum of care. FJJA also publishes a monthly newsletter with up-to-date information on statewide and local advocacy, public policy, best practices, available resources, and other important information.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
For the last 17 years, FJJA has convened an annual adolescent conference, known for quality workshops and cutting edge topics. It is attended by a wide range of professionals—those with an interest in and who may touch the life of a child within Florida’s juvenile justice system.
The conference is designed to meet the needs of professionals working in the juvenile and family courts, the judiciary, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Children and Families, Department of Health, juvenile detention, attorneys, educators, private providers, guardians ad litem, law enforcement, faith based and community leaders, and state and community lawmakers.