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Volunteer Chaplaincy Program Helps At-Risk Kids

DJJ Offers Pastoral Care and Counseling for Youth and Families in Crisis

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TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Faith and Community Network today announced a groundbreaking initiative, the Volunteer Chaplaincy Program. Offered through the DJJ Office of Prevention, the program is designed to connect local faith representatives with at-risk youth and their families to help bridge the transition out of the juvenile justice system and into a better future. The program is voluntary for children and parents, and inclusive of all faiths.

"In economic times such as these we need volunteers more than ever before," said DJJ Secretary Frank Peterman, Jr. "Our Faith and Community Network has offered volunteer faith-based programs and services to our children for several years, bolstering their success as they turn their lives around. Volunteer Chaplains will offer another avenue of support to them and their families as they transition back into their home communities."

The vision of the Volunteer Chaplaincy Program is to ensure that every youth and family has access to a chaplain. It is important to utilize and link existing community resources to support the successful transition of juveniles back to their homes and neighborhoods. Local volunteer chaplains offer pastoral care and counseling to youth and families during times of crisis, and support the success of youth who are exiting the juvenile justice system.

"We cherish our relationship with the men and women of faith who volunteer their time to put hope in a parent’s heart and a sense of purpose in a child’s life," commented Andy Hindman, Director of Faith and Community Partnerships for DJJ.

The DJJ Faith and Community Network, the parent program of the Volunteer Chaplaincy Program, is offered through the DJJ Office of Prevention. It provides and connects faith-based programs and services to youth and families who voluntarily request such assistance. To volunteer with the Volunteer Chaplaincy Program or the Faith and Community Network, please contact Andy Hindman at Andy.Hindman@djj.state.fl.us, or call (866) 888-4355.

DJJ’s mission is to increase public safety by reducing juvenile delinquency through effective prevention, intervention and treatment services that strengthen families and turn around the lives of troubled youth. Its vision is that the children and families of Florida will live in safe, nurturing communities that provide for their needs, recognize their strengths and support their success. For more information, please visit www.djj.state.fl.us.

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Andy Hindman provides information on the new DJJ Volunteer Chaplaincy Program