Juvenile Department

The Klickitat County Juvenile Department operates under the authority and direction of the Klickitat County Superior Court. The department operates under statutory authority granted by RCW 13.04, or more specifically stated, under 13.04.030 - Juvenile Court - exclusive original jurisdiction.

Our Mission


Recognizing that the mission of the department is dependent upon the umbrella under which services are provided, be they criminal or civil proceedings resulting in court ordered sanctions entered against a child or their parent, or civil proceedings strictly aiding a dependent child (under the CASA program). The overall commitment of the department is the same: to maintain a standard of high professionalism, integrity, and efficiency, treating all involved parties with dignity and providing services without regard to a parent or child’s race, sex, color, creed, or their social or economic status in the community.
  1. Agency Responsibilities

    The Juvenile Department’s responsibilities are dependent upon the division under which services are provided. Learn more about the different divisions and their broadly stated responsibilities.

  2. Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

    A CASA is a trained volunteer who works as a Court Appointed Special Advocate appointed by the Superior Court Judge to represent the best interest of abused and neglected children within our court system.

  3. Definitions

    Find definitions for Juvenile Department terms such as BECCA and Dependency.

  4. Truancy

    View the protocols and process for Truancy Hearings.

  5. Juvenile Offender Programs

    Learn more about programs for juvenile offenders, such as the diversion program, community service work crew, and electronic monitoring.