Sonoma County Probation Receives Award for Girls Circle Program

July 2, 2009 at 6:43 pm 2 comments

An article was written in the West County Gazette recognizing that the Sonoma County Probation Department won the National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for their Circles Across Sonoma program.  Circles Across Sonoma was made possible by a Title II grant which alows the Sonoma County Probation Department to implement Girls Circles county wide for girls involved throughout all levels of the Sonoma juvenile justice system.

Congratulations to Sonoma County Probation for the recognition of your amazing dedication to the health and welfare of young women and girls!

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Excerpt from article:
“Circles Across Sonoma is the nation’s first county-wide implementation of a gender responsive service program for girls involved at all levels of the local juvenile justice system. Program services are built upon the Girls Circle format, a promising practice model recognized by the office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The Circles Across Sonoma Program offers the elegant solution of a consistent, structured, research based program delivered to girls throughout the continuum of juvenile justice, even as they return to their communities and homes. Circles Across Sonoma represents a major step forward in creating a gender responsive system for the Sonoma County. The program has enrolled 456 girls with a remarkable 73.2% completion rate….”

Have a great 4th of July Weekend from the GCA Team!!!


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  • 1. Giovanna  |  July 3, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Hats off to Sonoma County Probation and to all the community based orgs that have participated in the effort to provide quality meaningful circles to the girls on probation! Here’s to Petaluma People’s Center, Social Advocates for Youth, SCAYD, R-House, West County Community Services, and UASA! And to all the facilitator’s that are making a difference in the lives of our girls here in the county. And to Leo Tacata and Phyllis Reason at Probation who are the backbone of support in the county. Circles Across Sonoma is a strong community of leaders who truly deserve this award. CONGRATULATIONS!

  • 2. bethgc  |  July 2, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Congratulations to the Sonoma County Probation Department for earning this national award for a stellar county implementation. Special commendations also to the six community based organizations and staff who have put their hearts and souls into providing exemplary gender-responsive services for the girls in the Circles Across Sonoma program.

    We are so grateful to be your partners and colleagues in this effort, and especially grateful for the vision and willingness of the County of Sonoma to bring the Girls Circle model into its services for girls.



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