Dear Juvenile Justice Partners, 

Resilience is defined as the capacity of the brain to adapt successfully to significant challenges that threaten its function, viability or development.  First off, I hope this finds you each well and trust that you are doing everything you can to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy.  As we continue to navigate through this global pandemic together, I want to be sure to remain connected and keep you updated on what we are doing and let you know that we remain committed While we have placed on hold all our in-person educational conferences, we have maintained our connections with many of you as you continue to support the youth and families in your counties.  

JJAM has provided two educational conferences each year until COVID-19 put a halt to in-person gatherings in 2020.  We have been an organization that prides itself in providing high-quality trainings with wonderful social networking opportunities and wish to remain functioning in that manner.  Our priority is your safety and for that reason our March 2021 conference has been cancelled.  We hope to resume September 22-24, 2021 at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, MI.   

In addition to conferences, JJAM also presents two awards annually. The Marylynn Morawa 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 our 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.  Due to these unprecedented times we are waiving all county membership fees for 2021 and hope that you continue to support JJAM by attending future conferences Our collective efforts to build our individual and collective resilience are evident in how we have all adapted.  Thanks to each of you for your dedication and unwavering support for youth and families.   

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Jeffrey A. Damore 

President of JJAM 

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