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Here at Strickland Youth Center we are allowed to see dogs every other Sunday.  This Sunday was a very special Sunday.  The MSPCA brought two dogs.  When I was walking to the room where the dogs were I started to cry because I missed my dog so much.  When I got into the room I was very sad.  I saw a golden retriever and there was a puppy in a cage so afraid to come out.  I got up from sitting on the floor and went up to the cage and let her smell my scent.  She saw me crying and licked my hand.  That made me very happy.  I felt a huge weight off my shoulders.  One of the volunteers got her out of the cage.  She was so shaky and nervous.  I went and sat by her and grabbed a treat.  At first she didn’t want the treat then I got her to play with a toy that squeaks.  I was the only person she would let come up to her.  I was so happy when she started playing with me.  The dog and I had a lot in common when I first came to Strickland I was very scared.  It was my first time here.  At first I didn’t want to be around anyone just like the dog.  One of the volunteers asked me to name her so I named her Molly something similar to my name.  Molly and I had a bond that I didn’t have with anybody else.  She gave me hope.  I am extremely happy that Strickland allows such an amazing program. Let’s just say Molly changed my life.  She made me feel at home.  I hope I made her feel the same way she made me feel.  By far the MSPCA is the best program.

 
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How you can help

It's not up to adults and police to do something about youth violence. Adult solutions won't work by themselves. Youth can - and should - do something. If you want to start seeing changes in your school or where you live, here are some things that you should do:

  • be aware there is a problem.
  • recognize that violence affects everyone - anyone can be a victim.
  • talk about violence with your friends and family - take a stand.
  • don' t react to violence with more violence.
  • get together - find ways to help stop violence in your school or where you live before it happens.
  • if there's a youth council, get involved - help promote positive alternatives to youth and gang violence where you live.
  • call or write your local media - let them know the positive alternatives to youth and gang violence where you live.
  • learn the truth about violence in your community - don't let rumors run your life.
  • remember that violent teens are a minority - don't let their actions speak for all youth.

About Strickland

The philosophy of the Strickland youth Center is that helping a troubled youth requires the active participation of the Childs entire family.  Consistent with this philosophy, all treatment programs operated by the Center are designed to include the child’s family.

The total annual operating budget for the Strickland Youth Center is approximately 6.5 million dollars.  It is funded by Mobile County, the City of Mobile, the Department of Youth Services and various grants the State of Alabama.

Judge Naman

 

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"We are fighting for
the hearts and souls
of our children.
It's a fight that only
can be won by
community collaborations
and fresh and
innovative approaches
to building and
strengthening our
families"


 Edmond G. Naman
   Circuit Judge   

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Parent Information

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

 

Visiting Hours for Detained Juveniles

Tuesday 6-7:30 PM 

Saturday 9-11 AM

 

Community Resources

Family Center of Mobile Web site
http://www.FamilyCenterMobile.org

Mobile County Health Department
http://www.MobileCountyHealth.org

Family Counseling Center of Mobile
http://www.LifelinesMobile.org

Boys and Girls Club of South Alabama 
http://www.bgcsouthal.org

 VISION STATEMENT 

THE JUVENILE COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING JUSTICE, PROTECTION, AND INSPIRATION THROUGH GUIDANCE, ACCOUNTABILITY, EDUCATION, AND EFFECTIVE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS THEREBY EMPOWERING OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES TO REALIZE THEIR FULLEST POTENTIAL.