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(Left to Right) Lauren Bates, Melanie Holley, Kim Carpenter, Melanie Whitehurst, Sean Graham
Physical Address: 714 Greenville Highway, Mineola, TX 75773
Mailing Address: PO Box 727, Quitman, TX 75783
Phone Number: 903-763-5772
Fax Number: 903-763-5104
Facebook Page: Wood County Juvenile Probation
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Melanie Whitehurst - Chief
The mission of the Wood County Juvenile Probation Department is to serve the needs of youth and families, with care and compassion. We will hold youth accountable, while providing them the opportunities to develop the skills they need to contribute to the overall quality of life for all citizens of Wood County- Established June 3rd, 2019.
The vision for the Wood County Juvenile Probation Department is to assist in the rehabilitation of at-risk youth, while partnering with law enforcement, to ensure the safety of our Wood County community.
The purpose of Wood County Juvenile Probation is to provide children with the opportunity to overcome poor choices and make life changes for the best possible chance to become contributing members of society. The department provides services to youth, who have been arrested or charged with a crime, between the ages of 10 and 17. The department provides services to the child and their family, creates plans of service for that particular child, while holding the child accountable for violations of court orders. To read more about what to expect from Wood County Probation, click here.
The Wood County Juvenile Probation Department also provides services through the Community Resource Coordination Group, otherwise known as CRCG. If a child is in need of services through school, Medicaid, psychiatric/ psychological issues, legal issues, or a disability; the CRCG, made up of various service groups, can meet to discuss that child and possibly provide services to the child and their family to aid in the best continuity of care effort. For more information on the Community Resource Coordination Group, click here.
Wood County Juvenile Probation is governed by the Wood County Juvenile Board. The Board is made up of the County Judge and the District Judge.
Wood County Juvenile Probation also offers services to parents and school officials, with the parent’s permission, for children to be afforded services through a prevention and early intervention program. This program is for children that are struggling and need guidance for issues that are plaguing the child. The services offered through this program will be more of a mentoring program and will be a 6 week course. The parent will be interviewed before a child is accepted, to ensure that the parent is willing and able to provide the structure and necessary supervision during the 6-week time frame. For more information on the Prevention and Early Intervention Program, click here.
The Wood County Juvenile Probation Department also partners with the Masonic Lodges in most of Wood County to present the Together Against Drugs Program to all 5th graders. The program is about drugs/ alcohol/ addiction, juvenile justice, bullying/ cyber bullying/ social media safety, crime scene investigation, and choices and consequences. The program is being offered to all Wood County schools. If you would like to schedule the 5-week program for your school, please call Chief Melanie Whitehurst at 903-763-5772.
Wood County Juvenile Probation advocates for all children. If you need help for your child, but the child has not been formally referred to the department, do not let that stop you from seeking out services through our helpful officers and staff. We want to be the best community helpers and the best advocates for children and their families that we can be. Please reach out to a staff member if your child is struggling at 903-763-5772.
Lauren Bates - Certified Activities Officer; Intake, Prevention and Intervention, Deferred Cases firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean Graham - Formal Probation Officer, Community Service Coordinator email@example.com
Melanie Holley - Intensive Supervision Probation, Sex Offenses, Mental Health Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Carpenter - Data Coordinator, Crime Victims Coordinator, Clerk, and assistant to the Chief email@example.com
Melanie Whitehurst - Chief and Instructor for the Together Against Drugs 5th grade program firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpful Brochures: Sealing Records (English)
Sealing Records (Spanish)
Reporting Abuse and Neglect
Understanding the Juvenile Arrest Process
We strive to assure the highest quality of life for those who choose to live, work, and play here while protecting the Wood County economic well-being for current and future generations.
WOOD COUNTY TEXAS
Wood County Courthouse
100 S. Main Street
(Intersection of SH 154 and SH 37)
Quitman, Texas 75783
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