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Family Navigator Program

Support for Parents of Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System

Child Welfare Return on Investment

Delinquency Program Return on Investment


Welcome to the Family Navigator Juvenile Justice Program, where we support you during court hearings, connect you to social services, and support you as you communicate with court staff. We help you navigate and better understand the juvenile justice system, so that you can be in the best position to support your child. Please complete all of the information below to enroll and get started!

To Enroll:

If you Receive Public Benefits such as Cash, Food, Medicaid, or Publicly Funded Childcare:

STEP 1: Please obtain a scanned or photo copy of your Government issued ID AND Summary of Public Benefits.

To obtain your summary of public benefits online, and you already have set up an account, click here:

To obtain your summary of public benefits online and you have NOT already set set up an account, click here:, and click "sign up" at the top right corner of the page.

STEP 2: Complete the Family Navigator Juvenile Justice enrollment application here:

If you Do Not Receive Public Benefits:

STEP 1: Obtain a scanned or photo copy of:

I. Proof of Lucas County residency. Examples may include: A Government ID or Utility bill.  

II. Proof of a minor child in your home. Examples may include: 

  1. Child support order
  2. Birth certificate
  3. Guardianship/Custody documents
  4. Report card (with the child’s name AND parent name)
  5. Letter from school (with the child’s name AND parent name)
  6. ODJFS Form 7038. 

STEP 2: Complete the Family Navigator Juvenile Justice enrollment application here:

The Family Navigator Program serves families and individuals impacted by the criminal justice system, offering:

  • Family education and support
  • Linkages to the appropriate community resources
  • Assistance navigating the criminal justice system

This program also links Family Ambassadors and families to the resources provided by the Second Chance Act Juvenile Grant, which CHFS is implementing in partnership with juvenile court. These resources include:

  • Mental health/substance abuse
  • Legal aid
  • Educational support
  • Transitional services

Further, CHFS will utilize its comprehensive training and educational capacity to foster family leadership, representation, voice, and advocacy at all levels of the juvenile justice process. If you’d like to learn more about the Family Navigator Program, please complete the form below.