It is my privilege to serve as the new President of the Juvenile Justice Association of Michigan. I have worked in the Thirty-Seventh Judicial Circuit Court Family Division since 1992, serving in the Juvenile Court since 2001.  As we move into the next few years many changes are being proposed in the system as we know it.  These changes will affect both our membership and the families we work with.  In preparation for this we need to continue to have a strong association to address our concerns.  

The Juvenile Justice Association of Michigan (JJAM) is an organization formed in 1973 by the merger of the County Juvenile Officers Association and the Family Court Workers Association. JJAM provides representation for all juvenile justice personnel, promoting and maintaining standards of efficiency within the Michigan Family Justice System and encouraging progressive legislation and other desirable programs serving the common interest of children and their families in the State of Michigan.

JJAM provides two educational conferences each year with excellent speakers and topics.  In 2018, High in Plain Sight/ Evolving Dangers of youth drug trends was our topic at the Midwinter Conference with Tall Cop, Jermaine Galloway sharing his expertise. Topics during the Annual Conference included Self Defense and Restraint Techniques presented by Kevin Kellems and Assessing the Troubled Adolescent by Tim Strauss.  The Midwinter Conference will be held March 28-29, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza in Lansing and the Annual Conference is scheduled for September 18-20, 2019 at Shanty Creek Resorts located in Bellaire.   


In addition to the conferences, JJAM also presents two awards annually.  At the Midwinter Conference, the Association presents the Youth Achievement Award to an individual who was part of the Juvenile Justice System and has turned their life around through the assistance of a court worker and found success as an adult.  During the Annual Conference, the Mary S. Coleman Award acknowledges a fellow court worker who has contributed to their Court and community.  Nominees for this award have typically gone beyond their duties of a court worker in working with their clients and families to ensure their success in the community.


Membership to the JJAM is open to all personnel of the Family Division of Circuit Courts.  Associate membership and Associate Child-Caring Agency Membership is open to all agencies and persons actively engaged in enhancing the children and/or family welfare programs.


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Jeffrey Damore


President of JJAM