The Right Choice for Summit County Juvenile Judge

Linda Teodosio

It has been my privilege to serve as your Judge in the Summit County Juvenile Court since 2003.  During that time, I have worked diligently to improve the services and outcomes for children and families in Summit County.  

We have developed several diversion programs in conjunction with the schools and police departments to work with low level, non-violent offenders.  If a referral to the Court is needed, in addition to imposing appropriate consequences we have focused on identifying and treating the underlying causes of delinquent behavior using evidenced based practices. By doing so, we have been able to turn the lives of children around so that they can be productive and law abiding citizens. Specialized programs provide help for children suffering from mental illness and/or addiction, children with developmental delays, children with sex offenses, children who owe restitution and children in need of cognitive behavior therapy to help them think before they act.

The Court operates the Family Resource Center (FRC) for parents, children or families in need or direction and linkages to community services even for those families who are not Court involved.  I believe that the best way to deal with delinquency is to prevent it so we have case managers available to assist families in locating the right services for their children who are beginning to show the signs of being at risk for Court involvement.

We have also worked closely with other child services agencies to assist families who are involved in the child welfare system.  Our Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Guardian ad Litem Program is the largest in the State of Ohio and links trained volunteers with children who have been adjudicated abused, neglected and/or dependent.  We have recently received certification from the Supreme Court of Ohio for our Family Reunification through Recovery Court (FRRC), a specialized docket to assist families who have been separated due to drug addiction.

We have much work still to do.  Our detention center is in the process of seeking accreditation from the American Corrections Association and we are in the process of implementing specialized services to deal with the needs of victims of human trafficking.  We are partnering with law enforcement to streamline the process for getting young people to Court and back on the right track as quickly as possible. With your support at the ballot box and the continued cooperation and collaboration of our many partners, I know that we can continue to serve our children and families with the best Juvenile Court possible!

Sincerely,



Linda Teodosio

Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio

 

Endorsed by the Akron Beacon Journal

Rated "Highly Recommended" by the Akron Bar Association