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 2015, Human Trafficking was our topic at the Midwinter Conference with Senator Judy Emmons making an appearance and providing a brief presentation.  Topics at the Annual Conference included Effective Practices in Community Supervision and Emotional Survival.  The Midwinter Conference was held March 17-18, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza West in Lansing and the Annual Conference is scheduled for September 14-16, 2016 at Shanty Creek Resort located in Bellaire, MI.

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.

The Juvenile Justice Association of Michigan is an important organization that provides valuable trainings and acknowledges individuals for their success.  Please continue to support JJAM by filling out the attached Membership Application for 2017 and returning it by February 28, 2017. 



Karen M. Heintzelman


Juvenile Justice Association of Michigan