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  Families and Friends Organizing for Reform of Juvenile Justice or FORJ-MO is the first parent lead juvenile justice organization in Missouri working to change the laws that turn our children into adults, with horrific outcomes, once they enter the adult criminal justice system.  


Missouri is one of only nine states in the country that has failed to recognize what research and science have confirmed – children are different than adults, and prosecuting and placing them in the adult criminal justice system doesn’t work for them and doesn’t work for public safety.

HB300/SB213 raises the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to 18.

Click here for our fact sheet on "Raise The Age".

About Us

Families and Friends Organized to Reform Juvenile Justice 
Dedicated to ending the practice of placing children and youth under the age of 18 in Missouri's adult criminal justice system and providing all children involved in Missouri's criminal justice system the necessary rehabilitation needed to become productive members of society by engaging and empowering families and allies of these children.

Did you know that in the state of Missouri:

  • Children in the justice system are considered adults at age 17.
  • Children as young as 12 can be tried in adult court (certified as adults).
  • Upon certification, children are placed in adult jails until their sentencing hearing.
  • Once a child is arrested parents lose all control of that child.
  • Upon certification, children in adult jails do not receive rehabilitative services or education.
  • There is no recourse to keep your child safe once placed in an adult prison or jail.

FORJ-MO helps to organize and empower families and allies most affected by the current juvenile justice practices to advocate for policy reform on the state and federal level.


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