The Juvenile Officer
Children are referred to the juvenile office for one of the following reasons:
Juvenile Officers provide assistance to social service agencies, law enforcement, schools, and the general public in dealing with issues of child abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights, delinquency and status offenses by youth.
The Juvenile Officer assists with victim restitution from juveniles and community service programs for offenders. Probation supervision services are provided to youth referred to the Juvenile Office for delinquency and status offenses.
Foster care is coordinated through the Missouri Children's Division for youth in need due to homelessness, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, and neglect.
Oath of Office
On December 30, 2013, the staff from both Johnson and Cass counties met for professional development. A highlight of the day was the administration of the oath of office by the Honorable William B. Collins, Presiding Judge of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit.
"I do hereby swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Missouri. I will faithfully commit myself to the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Missouri Juvenile Division, to which office I have been duly appointed. I will demonstrate the highest degree of individual responsibility, integrity, and personal commitment in fulfilling the mission statement and core values of the Juvenile Division. I will present myself professionally, with respect and responsiveness to the community, families and youth we serve."