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Juvenile Justice

 Juvenile Justice work in Wisconsin is governed by Chapter 938, the Juvenile Justice Code.  The intent of this code is to promote community protection, juvenile accountability, and juvenile rehabilitation.  Juvenile court intake workers primarily receive and process delinquency referrals from law enforcement, but also process truancy referrals from the Portage County Truancy Court, as well as parent-child conflit referrals from parents and/or legal guardians.  Juvenile Justice social workers screen cases for jurisdiction, complete assessments, make recommendations to the juvenile court, and monitor informal supervision agreements and juvenile court orders.  The Juvenile Justice unit manages and provides a variety of services including electronic monitoring, drug screening, community service projects, the Juvenile Sanctions Program (JSP), Specialized Foster Home case management services, Independent Living services, the Kinship program, Subsidized Guardianship annual reviews, Custody Studies, Relative Home Studies, and Step-Parent Adoptions.