Family Engagement

​​Welcome!​

Bernice Walker  

Bernice Walker
Director of Family Engagement
217 East Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
443-263-8871

Shauntia Lindsay
Community Services Coordinator
217 East Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-230-3132 • FAX: 410-230-3417

Jessica Dickerson
Victim Services Coordinator
217 East Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-230-3225 • FAX: 410-230-3417​​​​​​

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Family engagement is a critical key to positive outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Keeping families engaged and informed throughout the legal process is a priority for the Department of Juvenile Services.

The Office of Family Engagement works to ensure family members are knowledgeable about their loved one's detainment, court orders, treatment, supervision, and re-entry into their communities and schools. It also promotes the active participation of families in the process to support a youth and reduce their risks for recidivism.

The department primarily serves youths and their families who are system-involved, assisting them to meet the terms of their loved one's legal responsibilities and developing the interventions needed to keep youth from becoming unnecessarily involved in the juvenile justice system.​​​​​