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Youth and Family Justice

DYFJ Mission, Values and History

Mission Statement

With respect and professionalism, we work to promote public safety and improve the lives of youth, families, and communities by providing services that are child-centered and family-focused. We carry out this mission through innovative programming that includes: therapeutic services, safe and secure custodial care, responsive health care, effective re-entry services and promotion of educational achievement.

Vision Statement

By strengthening youth, families and communities, we help young people to be positive, contributing members to society.


Respect: We appreciate and value the potential of youth, families, colleagues and partners.

Child-Centered/Family-Focused: Our policies and practices recognize the needs and strengths of youth, families and communities and support youth in making positive decisions in their lives.

Professionalism: We take pride in our work, hold ourselves to the highest standards and demonstrate integrity in all we do.

Accountability: We accept responsibility for actions, decisions, policies, practices and their outcomes.


2010 – Present: Department of Juvenile Justice Merged with the Administration for Children Services 

On December 7, 2010 Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed legislation officially merging the Department of Juvenile Justice into the Administration for Children’s Services. This merger will build on results already achieved by the City, which as part of its ongoing Juvenile Justice Reform has already reduced placements in state juvenile institutions by 56% since 2002.  The City’s integration of juvenile justice and child welfare programs will make possible long-term planning for the youth and their family as soon as they enter the juvenile justice system, and a focused strategy to place the youth on the path toward school, work, and successful adulthood. The overarching goal is to decrease the rate of recidivism for youth, a rate that is traditionally higher among juvenile offenders than adult criminals.

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