Families



Youth who make the most progress in DYS have parents, guardians or other persons who provide support and take an active part in their treatment. DYS staff invite family members to participate in their young person’s treatment throughout his or her stay at DYS and while on parole. Family members are encouraged to share their ideas and concerns and to ask questions. Helping our young people takes all of us working together!

Each youth is assigned a case manager and juvenile parole officer who work collaboratively with families to help youth succeed. Click here for contact information for a DYS facility or regional parole office. Feel free to call and ask to speak to the youth's case manager or parole officer.

You can also ask questions by emailing webmaster@dys.ohio.gov or by calling DYS Central Office at (614) 466-4314.


Visitation Information
X Circleville JCF
Visitation Information


Visitation times are as follows for approved visitors:

Monday - Friday
Youth With GED Or Diploma: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Youth In School: 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Saturday & Sunday
All Youth: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

All youth are eligible for visitation every day.
X Cuyahoga Hills JCF
Visitation Information


Regular visitation hours for youth still in school or for all youth on the weekends:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Saturday:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sunday:
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Visitation hours for youth graduates and during intersession (school break):

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


  • Please note there is no evening visitation on Wednesdays.
X Indian River JCF
Visitation Information


Each youth is allowed visits during any of the scheduled visitation times:

Monday through Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Graduate Youth Only
5:30 PM  -  8:30 PM    All Youth

Saturday & Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM    All Youth
1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM    All Youth

During intercession, all youth will be permitted to receive visits during the following periods:
Monday through Friday:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday through Friday:  5:30 PM  -  8:30 PM
Youth Telephone & Commissary Youth & Family Handbook The Youth & Family Handbook provides information about the facilities and serves as a resource for parents throughout a youth's stay at DYS. The handbook includes information about orientation, treatment and services for youth, education, release, visitation, youths' rights, rules of conduct, PRIDE, discipline, a typical daily schedule, and more.
Guides for Families
Strengthening Bonds and Creating Connections
Answers to the difficult questions children ask about their incarcerated loved one
Looking for Help for Your Child in the Community? Raising a family can be tough! Click here to find information and resources for a wide variety of services throughout Ohio.



Talking to Young People About Drug Use Governor John R. Kasich and First Lady Karen W. Kasich launched Start Talking! to give parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.

A majority of substance-free adolescents credit their parents for the decision not to use illegal substances. Likewise, teachers and other authority figures can have a similar influence on youth and their decision-making.

Parents, mentors and peers can make a difference just by talking to the young people in their lives about drug use. Please Start Talking!



Free Transportation for Families The CLOSE to Home Project (Connecting Loved Ones Sooner Than Expected) provides free transportation to family members of youth in DYS facilities.




Family Webcam Information Sessions With the Release Authority The Release Authority of DYS invites family members of youth to participate in a Webcam Information Session with your son or daughter’s assigned board contact. Webcam sessions are held once a month on the first Wednesday of the month and are scheduled through your son or daughter’s Juvenile Parole Officer or other regional office staff. Families can simply request a session, and the parole region will provide the necessary equipment.