It is my privilege to serve as your President of the Juvenile Justice Association of Michigan (JJAM).  I have worked in the 37th Judicial Circuit Court Family Division since 1992, serving in the Juvenile Court since 2001.  

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

JJAM provides two educational conferences each year with excellent speakers and relevant topics.  Our Midwinter Conference will be held March 26-27, 2020 at the H Hotel in Midland, MI and the Annual Conference will be September 23-25, 2020 at Treetops Resorts located in Gaylord, MI.  We are excited as we transition into two new training venues and pleased to announce that we will have two published authors highlighting the Midwinter session. Phil Chalmers, author of Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer and featured on A&E’s Killer Kids will present on Profiling Teen Killers, School Shooters, Mass Murderers and Serial Killers.  Jeffrey Lane, author of The Digital Street and Under the Boards will present on How the Digital Street (social media) Changes Youth Violence.

In addition to conferences, JJAM also presents two awards annually.  The Youth Achievement Award is presented to an individual who was part of the Juvenile Justice System and has turned their life around through the assistance of a court worker to find success as a young adult.  The Mary S. Coleman Award acknowledges a fellow court worker who has contributed to their court and community in a positive manner.  Please see website for nomination forms.

Membership into JJAM is open to all personnel of the Circuit Court Family Division.  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.


Please continue to support JJAM by filling out the enclosed Membership Application for 2020 and returning it by March 1, 2020.  For more information, please visit our website at and like us on Facebook at




Jeffrey A. Damore


President of JJAM


Membership Application