Spokane County Juvenile Court believes volunteers are essential for the effective implementation of our programs. It is recognized their skills and abilities benefit the court, the family, and the community. Volunteers make direct contributions to staff effectiveness, provide families with intensive direct services, and through their added awareness of juvenile issues, benefit the community at large.
For information on any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact Pat Donahue at (509)477-2469 or
Neighborhood Accountability Boards (NAB)
NAB - Neighborhood Accountability Boards: volunteers who work within the Diversion program, handling cases of minor juvenile offenders within the community as an alternative to the formal Juvenile Court system. NAB volunteers work as a two-person team under established guidelines to determine the most appropriate disposition for a case. Based upon the team’s decision, a legally binding Diversion Agreement is voluntarily entered into by the youth. Volunteers are asked to commit to the program for a minimum of one year.
CASA and GAL
CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate
GAL - Guardian Ad Litem
When a petition has been filed alleging that a child has been abused or neglected, the Juvenile Court is required to appoint an individual to serve as a CASA/GAL.
The role of the CASA/GAL is to represent the best interest of the child by making independent observations of the child’s situation and submitting a written report to the court. Volunteers are asked to commit to the program for a minimum of 18 months.
- Provides short-term care and secure custody pending court hearings to juvenile offenders who meet confinement criteria; and
- Provides incarceration for juvenile offenders who are ordered by the Court to spend time in confinement. These youth range in offense from those being detained for not attending school, to those who have been charged with serious felony offenses. Great efforts are made to keep these diverse populations separate.
Detention volunteers function, under staff supervision, to involve detained youth in constructive activities by providing direction as well as positive interaction. These volunteers are usually involved anywhere from two to six hours per week. Activities they provide include, but are not limited to: craft projects, AA and NA meetings, Bible study groups, support groups, and other daily activities within the facility.
Detention Visitation Program
The Detention Visitation Program goal is to provide positive adult role models from diverse cultural backgrounds for youth, in hopes of increasing their options in life by support and encouragement in order that they become successful community members.
A 6 month commitment is requested of visitation volunteers.
There are a variety of intern opportunities within the Juvenile Court System including placements in the Detention Center, the Aggression Replacement Training Program and in JDAI (Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative) type programs such as the Evening and Weekend Reporting Programs and Electronic Monitoring.
We also place interns in both the BECCA and DIVERSION Programs.
Students participating in our internship programs for longer periods of time benefit by developing and refining a much improved set of skills and deeper understanding of the expectations and challenges presented in working with high risk youth..
College students needing to fill a Service Learning requirement for course credit may volunteer in our Detention Alternatives Evening/Weekend Program. Students serve as positive adult role models and may be involved in recreation/education or social programs offered to these offenders.
Juvenile Court Volunteers and Interns attend orientation sessions and receive supervision and consultation from staff members. Volunteers draw upon their own experiences and apply common sense, understanding and compassion in their various roles.
For more information on any of these programs, please contact Susan Cairy at (509)477-2469 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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By working together, we can continue to build strong programs that provide a meaningful way to become involved in the difficult task of helping people to help themselves.