The Juvenile Welfare Board is a publicly funded, mission-driven organization that is all about Pinellas County children and families and believes all kids matter.

The JWB improves their lives through programs, partnerships and advocacy that ultimately benefit the whole community. JWB responsibly invests in programs with proven results and creates innovative partnerships that benefit tens of thousands of children and families each year. Their efforts also strengthen neighborhoods, communities and schools, making this a better place for everyone to live.

JWB is governed by an 11–member Board of Directors and has identified three strategic focus areas: School Readiness, School Success, and the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

The Juvenile Welfare Board invests in partnerships, innovation and advocacy to strengthen Pinellas County children and families.

The Vision of the Juvenile Welfare Board is that children in Pinellas County will have a future of more successful and satisfying lives because of the efforts of JWB and its partners.

In 1945, the Juvenile Welfare Board was conceived by a Juvenile Court Judge, an attorney, and a concerned group of professionals as well as private citizens who were unhappy with the lack of resources and services being provided to at-risk youth and families.  Established by statute in 1945 and approved overwhelmingly by voters in a referendum in 1946, JWB was created with a mission to provide needed services to children throughout Pinellas County.


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