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The Juvenile Branch of the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas of the First Judicial District processes cases involving juvenile delinquency where minors have been accused of crimes; dependency cases, arising from allegations of neglect or abuse; truancy petitions and those alleging incorrigibility; and adoptions. Several means are used to provide services to youth and their families.
Please select an office or department from the list below to view detailed information.
Administrative Judge of Family Court: Honorable Margaret T. Murphy, 215-686-7970
Supervising Judge of Family Court: Honorable Walter J. Olszewski
Deputy Court Administrators: Mario D'Adamo, Esq., 215-686-4100
Deputy Court Administrators: Katherine T. Grasela, 215-686-4050
Chief Juvenile Probation Officer: Faustino Castro-Jimenez 215-686-4103
Chief, Juvenile Division: Lisa Pema Harvey, Esq., 215-686-9362
The Juvenile Probation Officer assigned to you will inform you of any juvenile court costs, fees, fines, and restitution payments assessed to your case(s).
Forms of Payment
Agency Checks, Attorney Checks, and Money Orders payable to the First Judicial District are accepted. Please Note: Personal Checks are not accepted
Ways to Pay Your Juvenile Court Costs, Fees, Fines and Restitution Payments
Juvenile Branch Fiscal Unit
1501 Arch Street, 11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA, 19102
Until further notice, payments may not be made in person at the Family Court Building.
How to File. Juvenile filings shall continue to be electronically filed through PACFile. Self-represented litigants may file according to the below procedures:
Filing Fees. Payment of all applicable filing fees, or in the alternative a fully completed Petition to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (“IFP”), must be received by the Office of the Clerk of Family Court simultaneously with a mailed filing, or within three (3) business days from an emailed filing. All filing fees must be in the form of a money order or attorney’s check (no personal checks), MADE PAYABLE TO THE OFFICE OF JUDICIAL RECORDS, and must be mailed (along with the filing, if applicable) to the Clerk’s office, addressed as follows:
Office of the Clerk of Family Court – Juvenile
1501 Arch Street, 11th Floor
Philadelphia PA 19102
ATTENTION: FILING FEES (if payment is included)
New delinquent petitions and probation case transfers from other jurisdictions are processed and filed by the Juvenile Court Delinquent Intake Unit, Juvenile Justice Service Center, 91 N. 48th Street 19139 (215-683-9183) which is open 24 hours a day. The Delinquent Intake Unit performs the following functions for the Court: liaison to the police and the prosecutor's office for the processing of new delinquent cases, authorization of juvenile detentions, support services for detention hearings, appointment of defense counsel for delinquent cases, liaison to the Department of Human Services and to agencies providing delinquent placement services, and initiation of new delinquent case records
Private Criminal complaints against juveniles are submitted to the Private Criminal Complaints Unit (215-686-8370).
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New dependent petitions, which are usually filed by the Law Department of the City of Philadelphia on behalf of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS), are submitted to the Dependent Court Operations Office (215-686-4119). This unit also accepts Mental Health petitions filed by psychiatrists when involuntary treatment for a juvenile under the Mental Health Act is indicated.
Adoptions unit (215-686-4259) staff files, processes and lists all termination of parental rights and adoption finalization matters. Final Adoption decree is issued by the Adoption unit. They also process Registrations of Foreign Birth and Gestational Carrier cases and conduct searches for adoptees seeking to locate their biological parents.
Truancy citations are prepared by Project START (Stop Truancy and Recommend Treatment) (215-686-4104) from a list of truant children provided by the School District of Philadelphia. With the aid of Project START, DHS and School District staff, Judges, Hearing Officers, and Facilitators conduct Truancy Hearings at school sites and in the courthouse.
Justice is best served when the community, victim and youth receive balanced attention and all gain tangible outcomes from their interaction with juvenile probation. When crime occurs, it is not an isolated phenomenon, but affects the entire community. Consequently, there are three clients- the community, victim and offender- who will receive equal consideration in the Juvenile Justice System in order to reduce crime and restore order. Therefore, the mission of the Juvenile Justice System is to employ evidence based practices, protect the community from delinquency, and impose accountability for offenses committed and restoration of the victim.
The services of the Philadelphia Juvenile Probation Department are organized by geographic districts, specialized probation units, and residential service units.
Juvenile Probation Administration
Faustino Castro-Jimenez, Chief of Probation 215-686-4103
Bennie Price, Deputy Chief of Probation 215-686-4102
William Cooney, Deputy Director 215-686-4035
Nancy Magowan, Deputy Director 215-686-8329
Miriam Prioleau, Director 215-686-7721
Amy Warner, Deputy Director 215-686-4202
Central - 215-686-4130
Northeast – 215-686-4141
Northwest - 215 686-7483
South – 215-686-7962
Specialized Probation Units and Programs:
Crossover Unit 215 686-4201 provides supervision to youth that are in both the juvenile justice system and child welfare system to provide a collaborative approach for treatment and services.
GPS Tracking Unit (215-686-4271) monitors juveniles at home as an alternative to detention.
Juvenile Enforcement Team (JET) 215 686-7310 and 215 897-0849 is comprised of specially trained Juvenile Probation Officers and Police Officers. The JET unit operates citywide with a law enforcement focus on high risk juvenile offenders and juvenile/gang violence within the City of Philadelphia. The JET unit focuses on community protection.
Residential Service Units (RSU) Juveniles committed to and recently discharged from a delinquent residential program are typically supervised by Juvenile Probation Officers who are assigned to the program and work in one of the following units:
Specialized Services Unit (215-686-7777) is comprised of the Private Criminal Complaints Unit, Post the Evening Reporting Center, and the Student Transition Center.
Youth Level of Service Unit (YLS) 215 686-4120 - completes the YLS risk assessment on youth to determine criminogenic needs and match appropriate services.
Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (YVRP) (215 686-7494) and (215-685-7332) is a multi-agency, anti-violence initiative that serves the most violent areas of Philadelphia. It provides intensive services and supervision for high risk youth and young adults.
Academic Help Center (AHC) (215-686-7797) exists to, Help bridge school-based resources and Family Court services to support families (by providing) Education consultation and Philadelphia School District records, to Link and refer supportive services and resources, and ensure Positive educational outcomes. The AHC serves to bridge the gap between the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, School District of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Family Court, to assist young people in having a successful educational experience.
Accelerated Adoption Review Court (AARC) is a specialized courtroom dedicated to examining cases where parental rights have been terminated, however the adoption has not been finalized.
Behavioral Health Services-Family Court Unit (BHS-FCU) (215-686-8812) Community Behavioral Health (CBH) and the Behavioral Health Forensic Evaluation Center (BHFEC) provides behavioral health services at the courthouse to court involved children, youth and families. These health services allow for better communication between the Court, CBH and BHFEC. Better communication results in a time effective process and provides available resources at the courthouse for families who are at risk and often unable to navigate multiple complicated systems without assistance. CBH’s Community Umbrella Agency (CUA) Care Coordination Team continues to ensure that children, youth, and families have access to and are provided with quality behavioral health services within their communities. The role of the CBH CUA Care Coordination Team is to synthesize and formulate behavioral health information so that the respective CUA’s, understand the context of experiences (e.g., trauma, mental health, addiction) and how it relates to current behaviors, symptoms, and need for treatment, coordinate meetings with respective treatment providers and when team meetings need to be held, decide if behavioral health concerns are elevating to a point where immediate action needs to be taken, and assist the CUAs in determining a need for high levels of care for children and youth.
Clinical Evaluation Unit (CEU) (215-568-7752) assesses family members for drug and alcohol problems, refers them to treatment, and provides the Court with progress reports for subsequent hearings. Referral to the drug and alcohol unit is available, by referral from the Judge, to any person who has a perceived or substantiated substance use problem/concern. The case will continue to be monitored and reported on until a case is removed from DHS supervision and administratively discharged from the courts by the Judge.
Pre-Hearing Conferences To better serve all of the dependency courtrooms, Family Court utilizes two full-time Pre-Hearing Conference Rooms. Every court case begins with a Pre-Hearing Conference that involves all parties and is moderated by a facilitator. An assessment of the problems causing the child abuse or neglect is made. Expectations of the court are explained and responsibilities are delineated. Behavioral Health and Drug/Alcohol needs are assessed. In many cases, agreements are reached and the facilitator submits recommendations to the Court on placements, visitation, behavioral health evaluations, and services. Addressing these problems at the outset holds out hope for family preservation or reunification.
Prevention Services Unit (215-686-8328) is a voluntary program that seeks to prevent children and families from entering into the Delinquent and Dependent Court systems. The primary goal is to enable families during challenging times to remain intact and receive the necessary support and services to build upon the strengths of families to avoid further intervention by the Child Welfare System. In collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS), families are referred to community-based services to help parents strengthen their families and raise their children in loving, safe and nurturing homes.
Victim Services Unit (215-686-7060) works directly with victims of juvenile crime, providing information and other assistance. The purpose of the Victim Services Unit is to reduce the trauma of crime by assisting the victim and their family members in reconstructing and restoring their lives through advocacy, support, information, and referrals. One of the main goals of the Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) principles is to hold juvenile offenders accountable for their actions. Victim Services carefully monitors the restitution of our youth and works closely with Probation Officers and the District Attorney’s Office to ensure victims are being compensated. Currently, the unit provides all services as listed in the Crime Victims Act for Victims of Juvenile Offenders, the Juvenile Act, and the PA Rules of Juvenile Court Procedures. Some of these services include but are not limited to, the provision of victim notification services, sending address confirmation forms, providing information to victims on their rights, informing victims of the amount of restitution ordered, the status of restitution payments, and act as liaison with Probation Officers and victims.
Children's supervised waiting area (215-686-4090) provides court-supervised custody/physical most Sundays, during three time periods - 9:30-11:30, 12:00-2:00, and 2:30-4:30. Please note that consistent with Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order of April 28, 2020 (Nos. 531 and 532 Judicial Administration Docket), unless otherwise specified hereafter, effective June 1, 2020, supervised physical custody at the Family Court Nursery shall remain suspended further order of court.
Court Listings (215-686-7733) schedules delinquent and dependent trials and other hearings involving juveniles.
Courtroom Operations (215-686-4244) provides court officers to manage cases in the courtrooms.
Dependent Court Operations Unit (215-686-4119) processes and stores dependent case petitions and enters the data on new petitions into the automated database. Maintains Dependent Court Records. Kim Tobin (Director)
Director of Court Services (215-686-7733) manages interagency initiatives, statistics, and reports and coordinates the implementation of Model Court practices in the Dependency Courts.
Juvenile Record Room (215-686-4155) staff process and store juvenile probation case records. Eric Smith (Director)
Legal Liaison Unit (215-686-4290) accepts and appoints counsel for dependent and delinquent cases. They also process payment vouchers for wheel attorneys to receive payment for hearings attended.
Substance Analysis Unit (215-686-7722) Provides drug and alcohol testing for individuals ordered by the court and youth under probation supervision. Eric Smith (Director) Philadelphia Family Court is currently unable to process drug and alcohol testing during this time.
Training Unit (215-686-4116) organizes, facilitates, and schedules structured trainings as well as support to the departments within the Juvenile Branch of Family Court. Coordinates the student internship program for Family Court, Juvenile Probation Department. Margaret Joyce, Director
For general Court information, contact (215) 686-7000.