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36th Judicial Circuit Court

Juvenile Court

The Juvenile Division of the Family Court handles various types of cases, including:

  • Juvenile Delinquency - offenses committed by youth under 17 years of age.
  • Status Offenses - offenses committed by youth under 17 years of age that are not illegal for an adult (i.e. incorrigibility, runaway, truancy) 
  • Neglect/Abuse - cases involving Child Protective Services and the neglect and/or abuse of children under 18 years of age
  • Juvenile Guardianships - guardianship resulting from a neglect/abuse case
  • Adoptions - step parent, adult, related direct placement, guardians

Language Access Plan

Language Access Coordinator

Resources and Help:

Anger Group Flyer

Michigan Alliance for Families (information, support, and education)

Van Buren Community Mental Health Resources

Van Buren County Domestic Violence Coalition

Van Buren Intermediate School Adult Education Program

Van Buren Great Start Parent Coalition - Early Childhood May Newsletter


Adoption & Foster Care:

MDHHS Foster Care Training

Post Adoption Resource Center


For Attorney Information:

State Bar of Michigan-For the Public


Detention / Residential Centers:

Allegan Youth Home

Ottawa County Detention

Calhoun County Detention Center


Michigan State Court Forms

Michigan State Juvenile Court Forms

Payment Methods:

  • Exact Cash, Money Order, Check (made out to Juvenile Court) and credit/debit cards.
  • Pay credit/debit on-line at http://www.govpaynow.com  (need case # and pay location code of 5250).
  • Pay credit/debit by phone at 1-888-604-7888 (need case # and pay location code of 5250).
  • Mail to:

36th Circuit Court Juvenile Division
Attn: Finance Department
212 Paw Paw Street, Suite 240
Paw Paw, MI 49079

36th Circuit Court Family Division Juvenile Court
212 Paw Paw Street, Ste 240
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Fax (269)657-8275
General Email: juvenilem@vbco.org
Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm


Judge Jeffrey Dufon

Family Division Administrator Lynn Bullard

Deputy Administrator  Veronica Stillson

Referee Jenny Stone

Referee Lynda Pioch

Chief Probation Officer David Pelon