HIGHLIGHT: Monterey County Probation Officer Honored for Work with Foster Youth

For his work in youth foster care within the Probation Department and his many other achievements, Gregory Glazzard this year was awarded the Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) Award.

From The County of Monterey

Probation’s Glazzard Honored by Child Abuse Prevention Council

When you think of young offenders in the Probation system, foster care doesn’t usually come first to mind. But that is a reality for many youth in juvenile probation.

Each year CAPC honors those who have made significant contributions to child abuse prevention.

Glazzard oversees the Probation Department’s Juvenile Special Services Unit which includes placement of youth out of their homes in foster care or group homes, wraparound services, extended foster care and juvenile mental health court. Chief Probation Officer Marcia Parsons says Glazzard is considered the resident expert in probation foster care and the very challenging implementation of the California Continuum of Care Reform (CCR), which are only the tip of the iceberg of his expertise.

“Glazzard has lent his expertise to numerous projects, among the most notable is reviewing and modifying our Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Program with the West Coast Children’s Clinic and Monterey County Department of Social Services (DSS) to create a flowchart that outlines the workflow when this department encounters a victim of CSEC,” says Parsons.

Glazzard talks about how he chose the Probation field as a career and his accomplishments.

Q. How did you decide to work in the Probation field, with young offenders in particular?

A. I have always had an interest in the law and criminal justice. I elected to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice and after college I worked at a residential placement program for at risk youth. Every month, I would meet with Probation Officers conducting placement visits and became more interested in the Probation Field. I began my probation career with Shasta County in 2001 and was assigned to Juvenile Probation. In 2003, I transferred to Monterey County Probation and was assigned to the Juvenile Division as a Placement Officer. In 2008, I was promoted to Probation Services Manager and assigned to the Juvenile Special Services Unit.

Q. You have been with the Probation Department for 15 years. Do you feel you have been able to enhance the way the Department works with at risk youth that may give some young offenders a chance at a better life?

A. Absolutely. As the Probation Services Manager of the Juvenile Special Services Unit, I am passionate and advocate for youth who are victims or at risk of abuse or neglect. I am so proud of my staff and the work we do on a daily basis in an effort to provide better lives and futures for the youth and families we serve.

Congratulations Greg!