It is the
Mission of the Sandusky County Juvenile Court to effectively
step in to a childís life and seek justice for all children
under its authority by advocating for the social, medical, and
mental health needs of the children and families it serves.
This can only happen by forming partnerships with community
agencies to assist our parents, our schools, and our communities
in helping our children make a successful transition from an
often-chaotic childhood to a healthy, productive adulthood.
The Courtís success depends greatly on the
ability of parents, schools, social service agencies, law
enforcement and community leaders to accept ownership of and
responsibility for meeting the needs of its struggling youths.
The Court and youths under its authority are truly fortunate to
benefit from the support of these groups. However, its success
depends most on a talented court staff. Sandusky County is
blessed to have a dedicated, highly trained staff of men and
women who devote their days (and many nights and weekends) to
working with troubled youths and families.
|Today, our County General Fund
funds only 58% of the operation of the Juvenile Court and state
and federal grant funds received from the Ohio Department of
Youth Services fund the balance. Your juvenile detention center
is funded entirely through the Countyís General Fund, a budget
of nearly $1.37 million. However, the Center generates revenues
of $400,000 in bed rental fees and reimbursements annually,
returning over one-quarter of its budget to the General Fund.
No General Fund dollars have been used to fund any of the
Courtís programs or youth placements in out-of-county
correctional facilities. All court programs are funded through
grants the Court receives. Sandusky County Juvenile Court began
receiving RECLAIM Ohio funding in January 1995. The Court
annually applies for funding from ODYS. Since 1995, your Court
has been awarded over $4,000,000 in grant funding through ODYS.