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Change approved to youth services commission

The Gloucester Board of Supervisors voted to approve an ordinance amending the Colonial Group Home Commission’s Exercise of Power Agreement following a public hearing Tuesday in the colonial courthouse.

The major change in the ordinance is the commission’s name, now Colonial Juvenile Services Commission.

Along with Gloucester County, other localities in the Colonial Juvenile Services Commission are York, James City and the City of Williamsburg. The commission oversees a variety of juvenile justice community-based programs. Under its previous name it managed the Crossroads Community Youth Home, which operated in Williamsburg until closed in August 2020 due to low numbers of youths in the program.

Gloucester Social Services Director and member of the Colonial Juvenile Services Commission Lisa Kersey said despite the closing of Crossroads, a need still exists. The name change coincides with a change in mission, purpose and role for the commission. It will aid in administrative p...

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