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Through understanding the human impact of their behavior, accepting responsibility, expressing remorse, taking action to repair the damage, and developing their own capacities, juvenile offenders become fully integrated, respected members of the community.

Juvenile justice professionals, as community justice facilitators, have organized these interventions in which individual crime victims, other community members, and juvenile offenders are involved in finding constructive resolutions to delinquency.


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Aggression Replacement Training (ART)

An evidence based practice meant to increase competencies and reduce recidivism designed by Drs. Goldstein, Glick, and Gibbs as an intervention for working with youth and families.

Consolidated Juvenile Services (CJS/Probation)

Probation programs are designed to provide supervision and intervention to targeted populations determined by risks, strengths and needs as identified by an extensive Risk Assessment and other evaluations or assessments.

Chemical Dependency Disposition Alternative (CDDA)

Sentencing option created by the legislature to provide services to youth that have chemical abuse and or dependency problems. While participating in the program youth receive intensive outpatient or inpatient treatment, as appropriate.

Connections (Mental Health/Targeted Services)

A strength-based, family centered program that significantly increases services to juvenile offenders with mental health issues. Using a Wraparound model , probation counselors, probation associates, care coordinators/mental health therapists, and family assistance specialists staff this unit.

Current Grant Initiatives

Come see the current work the Clark County Juvenile Court is doing with help of community resources.

Deferred Disposition

Under this sentencing option, youth who have committed a crime may be sentenced to 12-months of supervision in the community. The court order includes conditions such as paying restitution, attending school, and performing restorative community service.


Programs designed for use in this facility implement a Balanced and Restorative Approach to dealing with issues that contribute to the criminal thinking and behavior of detained youth.


An alternative to prosecution that is offered to youth who have committed a first time offense, or a relatively minor offense.

Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking

Through the collaborative work of a number of community organizations and local government agencies, the issue of sex trafficking of juveniles came to the forefront of our community’s attention. Through the work of community partners, we came to recognize that this tragic problem is as much a Clark County issue as it is a Portland issue.

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

An empirically grounded, well-documented and highly successful family intervention that focuses on children and teens at-risk or already involved with juvenile justice.

Graduation Alternative Program (GAP)

GED program offered in partnership with Educational Service District 112 shaped to fit the individual needs and goals of our probationers.

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

JDAI focuses on the juvenile detention component of the juvenile justice system because youth are often unnecessarily or inappropriately detained at great expense, with long-lasting negative consequences for both public safety and youth development.


The Intake Unit provides monitoring and services for a wide variety of youth in different stages of the legal process. The also assist with other jurisdictions in providing information and other services for the youth.

Juvenile Recovery Court

Program focused on reducing substance abuse and criminal behavior in youth while increasing personal responsibility through intense court intervention and treatment.

Making Things Right Program (MTR)

formerly Victim Impact Offender Competency Education (ICE)

The MTR class focuses on the importance of changing criminal behavior and thinking in order to increase empathy for an offender's victim(s) through discussions and exercises requiring active participation leading to increased understanding and empathy.

Restorative Community Service

A genuinely restorative program having community volunteers work along side offenders who serve as positive role models and integrate youth into the community. RCS staff prepare the community to work restoratively with young offenders.

Special Sex Offender Disposition Alternative (SSODA)

Community supervision (probation) with a remarkable success rate of working with juvenile offenders convicted of a sex related crime. Over 95% of these youth successfully complete the conditions of their court sentence.

Truancy Program

The Truancy Program enhances community safety by addressing the root causes of truancy through proven interventions and time honored community responses.

Victim Impact Program (VIP)

Too often victims feel forgotten and poorly served by the justice system. This program provides a meaningful response that addresses the needs of those harmed by juvenile offenders.

Victim Offender Meetings (VOM)

The focus of all VOM processes remains: meaningful offender accountability, acknowledging the harm done to the victim, addressing victim needs and integrating juveniles into the community as productive citizens.


Drawing on its rich reserve of skills and resources of the community, Clark County seeks to involve community volunteers to aid in the implementation of the Balanced and Restorative Justice Philosophy.







Clark County Juvenile Court Administrator: Pat Escamilla
Street Address: 500 West 11th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
Main phone: (360) 397-2201 | FAX: (360) 397-6109
Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388, then call (360) 397-2445

Responsible Elected Official: Presiding Judge Barbara D. Johnson

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