Back in 2021, the Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) unofficially named July as Juvenile Rehabilitation Staff Appreciation Month to celebrate and honor the work of these public servants, and by June 29, 2022, Gov. Jay Inslee made it official with a proclamation.
“I am thrilled to see the outstanding efforts of our staff and community partners gain recognition–it’s a testament to their remarkable work and incredible service,” said Felice Upton, assistant secretary of Juvenile Rehabilitation.
Staff members of the DCYF Juvenile Rehabilitation system service over 700 young Washingtonians. The network consists of facility staff, counselors, educators, community partners, career advisors, psychologists, mentors and volunteers who provide individualized care, support, and guidance to youth.
The agency will mark the month with activities such as presenting challenge coins to staff who have gone above and beyond, special messages from DCYF leadership, a handful of picnics and cookouts, celebrations, local service awards and more.
“I am proud to work alongside them, and our youth are lucky to have them in their corner,” said Upton.
For more information on the DYCF Juvenile Rehabilitation system visit https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/juvenile-rehabilitation