Children's Services

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Family of youth: In-person visits are suspended until further notice, however, youths and families are able to visit via phone calls and zoom meetings at designated days and times.

Professional visitors: Professional visits shall occur via phone and zoom meetings unless it is deemed to be necessary until further notice.

Programming: All outside programming will occur virtually until further notice.

Health Screening and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
Facility Staff and Professional visitors: All staff and professional visitors will be screened with health questions, and have their temperature taken prior to entry to the facility. Anyone with a temperature over 100.3 will not be admitted, as well as any staff/professional visitor answering “yes” to the following screening questions:

  1. Do you have a sore throat?
  2. Do you have shortness of breath?
  3. Do you have a cough?
  4. Have you been in contact with someone in the last 14 days with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19?

Additionally, all staff and professional visitors entering the facility will be required to wear masks. Additional PPE will also be provided for various different applications, these additional items include face shields, gloves, and protective gowns. 

Youths: New youth being admitted into the facility will be screened with the same health screening questions as staff and processional visitors—and their temperature will be taken. If their temperature is over 100.3, or they answer “yes” to the health screening questions at admission and may be denied admission until they are medically cleared by a health care provider. Additionally, all youths admitted to the facility will be given a COVID-19 test and held for a minimum of five days in quarantine before entering regular programming. All youths must wear wear masks (outside of meal times) and social distance when outside of their rooms.

Court Hearings
All Court hearings will continue to be held remotely via Zoom until further notice.

Infectious Disease Prevention and Control
Staff and youths are provided with comprehensive information on standard precautions to stop the spread of contagious diseases within the facility. This information includes hand washing, social distancing, reporting illness, encouraging staff to stay home if they are ill, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer when water and soap are not available, avoiding touching your face, proper way to respond when sneezing and coughing and ensuring frequently touched objects or surfaces are cleaned by facility janitorial staff.

The Washtenaw County Children’s Services Department is comprised of the following programs:

About Us

The Washtenaw County Youth Center provides temporary custody and care for juveniles in a safe and secure setting. Youth in Detention are placed pre-adjudication, awaiting a judge’s determination of whether or not a delinquent offense has been committed. Youth placed in the True North Recovery Residential Substance Abuse program are placed post-adjudication to complete a substance abuse treatment program. The Youth Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 365 days per year.

Our Mission

Provide safe, secure, care and custody for young people that is of exceptional quality in all domains.

Our Vision

A community that is safe, healthy, and just, where all can thrive.

Our Core Values

We Believe:

  • In the dignity and worth of ALL people, and that diversity enriches Children's Services Buildinglife.
  • In redemption, recovery, and relentless hope.
  • In equitable access to resources and opportunities for all people.
  • That relationships are our most important tool.
  • That education is a right, not a privilege.
  • That people are more important than things

Safe Place, Safe Space

All youth shall be protected from discrimination based on race, national origin, color, creed, age, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, height, weight, physical handicap, and political and/or religious beliefs. All youth shall not be restricted from access to programs and activities based on these protected characteristics. All youth shall be assured that seeking judicial relief will not be met with reprisal or penalty. All youth have the right to legal representation.


  • Medical and Dental Services on site, including medication management.
  • On site psychiatrist provided by Community Mental Health.
  • Group and individual counseling including suicide screening and crisis intervention.
  • Year-round accredited school programming provided by Washtenaw Intermediate School District.
  • Trauma responsive care and environment.
  • Food service planned according to USDA guidelines for Child Nutrition Programs.


  • Volunteer Application: To apply for volunteer work you must already be associated with an affiliated Youth Center program.