JWYC Adams County: Baby On Board!

In partnership with Adams County Children, Youth and Families Department, our JusticeWorks Adams County team hosted a Child Car seat training on November 28th 2017, providing installation information coupled with a demonstration session.


Baby On Board

Finding the proper care seat for your child can be a challenge. There are multiple styles, safety harness apparatus’s, and lengthy regulations. Like any other tool, if not used properly, it can be ineffective in protecting your child in a case of an accident. (more…)

Family Engagement Success in Adams County!

Ellen Miller


Adams County JusticeWorks received a referral for a Rapid Turnaround Family Group Decision Making Conference. The Agency had an emergency the previous night and was at a family’s home until 10pm ensuring the safety of the children. The referral was for an infant who experienced a skull fracture from a fall. While the Agency was investigating and the child received emergency treatment, there was a need for a rapid conference to develop, plan and implement a safety plan in order to prevent out of home placement. Ellen Miller immediately started the referral and was in contact with the family. An emergency conference was held the next afternoon. (more…)

JusticeWorks FRS Linda Coleman Receives Praise!

Email from a Carbon County CYS Caseworker:


This email is in reference to the Davis* Family and the Family Group Decision Making Conference that was held in July. This FGDM was so successful and I cannot thank Linda Coleman enough for all that she has done for this family. Linda went above and beyond and worked very hard to help these people. I was pleased with the outcome and look forward to working with her again in the future.

It took a while to get a FGDM conference to happen. Mrs. Davis* was apprehensive, and her daughter, Krista* was afraid of both parents. (more…)

A Montgomery County Employee Receives Recognition from Montgomery County Department of Children and Youth

Jessalyn Britton

A Children and Youth caseworker emailed our Montgomery County Program Director, Nicole Hall, regarding Jessalyn (Jess) Britton, a Family Resource Specialist working on a family reunification case:

“I am so pleased with her work Nicole!  Jess was a huge part of making everything work for the reunification on Monday.  She has done more work in the month that she has been involved than another service that was in the home for over a year.  She is diligent and so organized.  I look forward to working with her on more cases.”

We greatly appreciate this wonderful feedback regarding Jess Britton of our Montgomery Team.  Thank you, Jess, for making reunification possible for this family.  We appreciate and value the work that you do for the safety and personal growth of the families we serve.

Dan Heit Elected to Museum Board of Directors

Dan was recently elected to the Board of the Mattress Factory museum located in Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhood.

Founded in 1977, the Mattress Factory is a contemporary art museum and experimental lab featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world. The Mattress Factory’s mission is to: provide artists with an integrated residency and exhibition program, to educate and encourage people to understand and experience the multi-disciplinary creative process of installation artists, and to energize its urban neighborhood through expansion and development of artistic and education programs.  The Mattress Factory hosts a variety of programs for elementary, middle and high school students reaching thousands of children each year.

Dan’s willingness to join the Board reaffirms his commitment to helping communities build better futures and his belief that art enriches our lives. (more…)

Enhancing Transition Plans with the use of Family Group Decision Making!

Left to right: Colleen Cox, Amy Carr, and Jaclyn Conklin

Left to right: Colleen Cox, Amy Carr, and Jaclyn Conklin

On June 29, 2017, Amy Carr from Monroe County JusticeWorks, and Jaclyn Conklin, Director of Chester County JusticeWorks, partnered with Colleen Cox, Representative from the PA Child Welfare Resource Center, in conducting an informative and highly engaging presentation at this year’s State Wide Adoption Network (SWAN) conference. They were chosen to speak on the topic of ‘Using Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) to Enhance Youth Transition Plans.’ Amy, Jackie, and Colleen are very passionate about FGDM and how the FGDM philosophy assists in a youth’s successful transition out of the foster care system and back to the community. (more…)