The Separate Juvenile Court for Douglas County invited the community to join the 5th annual celebration of success stories of Douglas County’s reunified families on June 7, 2014, at an afternoon picnic at Boys Town Great Hall.
“Today we celebrate children and their parents who have turned their lives around and are thriving,” said Judge Douglas Johnson. “They believed in themselves and successfully completed their juvenile court journey.”
According to Johnson, when juvenile court has to intervene in the lives of families, its goal is to protect children and preserve and reunify families where abuse or neglect has occurred or when youth on probation have been placed outside of their home. Each year that goal is accomplished in Douglas County for hundreds of families.
This is the fifth year holding a local celebration for Douglas County in conjunction with the nationwide effort to commend the work of families, social workers, court personnel, probation officers, mental health experts, and others involved in bringing children and parents back together.
As always, this year’s celebration featured food, games, prizes, and fun. It provided an opportunity to bring together families, court personnel, lawyers, social workers, probation officers, community service providers, and other interested people.
Partners who volunteer for the local event include the Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC), Boys Town, Health and Human Services, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Douglas County Juvenile Court Judges, Foster Care Review Board and a host of local attorneys who work in Douglas County Juvenile Court.
Photos: (left) Omaha news crew interviews reunited mother and son for reunification day broadcast story. (middle) Mary Visek’s 4J Probation staff volunteers dispense food and fun. (right) Debbie Carlson (at left), widow of former Court of Appeals Judge Ted Carlson,supervises Domesti-PUPS volunteers attending Reunification Day celebration.