Family Support

Family support during a youth resident’s stay is very important. We encourage caring adults, important in the resident’s life, to stay in touch and be involved in the resident’s experience.

All caring adults that provide significant support such as grandparents, aunts and uncles, coaches or mentors are encouraged to write. Biological parents or legal guardians and other immediate family members are permitted to visit and call.


We are often asked how families can provide support. Below is a list that outlines how you can stay in contact with your loved one and support them.


  • An inventory of clothes is taken upon a resident's arrival at JAF.
  • Parents may bring additional clothes.


  • Meals and beverages are provided by JAF.
  • No food or beverages are allowed to be brought in.


  • Residents may send and receive mail.
  • Stamps are provided by JAF for outgoing mail.


  • Residents earn an allowance for completing chores and may use to purchase items at the JAF or on off-grounds activities.
  • No external sources of money are allowed.

Personal Hygiene

  • Parents are encouraged to supply hygiene products whenever possible.
  • Products for personal hygiene are provided by JAF when necessary.


  • There is a maximum of 5 calls per week between parents/guardians and residents.
  • Calls between residents and probation officers, attorneys, etc. are allowed any time.


  • Initial visit - parents have the right to visit any time.
  • Additional visits occur during regular visiting hours.
  • Parents must call ahead to schedule visits.