Arkansas Juvenile Division of the Courts

Arkansas Juvenile Division of the Courts      

ABOUT US

The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) - Juvenile Division programs focus primarily on providing quality representation for children and parents involved in dependency-neglect cases and projects relating to children and families. 

This division is responsible for projects that include drafting rules, forms, and sample orders; providing continuing legal education (CLE) opportunities, training, and technical assistance; coordinating grants to improve court practices; and providing ongoing funding and support to local CASA volunteer programs. 

The Juvenile Division also provides judges and their staff resources on best practices and training on juvenile justice issues.

MISSION

The Juvenile Division strives to:
  • Encourage judicial best practices;
  • Provide the Juvenile Division of Circuit Court with resources to better serve the children and families who appear before the court;
  • Ensure that the well-being of children, youth and families is a top priority within the Arkansas judicial system; and
  • Provide leadership in bringing diverse groups together to better serve children and families that enter our court system.

 

STAFF INFORMATION

Marty E. Sullivan
Director​
Administrative Office of the Courts
Jennifer L. Craun
Juvenile Justice Division Director
Stasia Burk McDonald
Attorney Ad Litem Program Director

Janet Bledsoe
Attorney Ad Litem Program Assistant Director

Lauren Geier
Arkansas CASA Director

Jera Houghtaling
Court Improvement Program Director

 
Faye Shepherd
Juvenile Justice Specialist
 
Mochelle Helms
DNET Manager

CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE

If you suspect that a child has been abused or neglected, please call

Child Abuse Hotline

1.800.482.5964

For more information about child abuse and neglect,
including FAQ, warning signs and mandated
reporters, please visit the website below.

http://www.arkansas.gov/reportARchildabuse/