Ionia County 8th Circuit Court/Juvenile Division

The Juvenile Division of the 8th Circuit Court handles juvenile delinquency proceedings, as well as payments and collections for all neglect/abuse cases and delinquency cases and civil show cause proceedings.

Also located within the Juvenile Division is our YOUTH SERVICE BUREAU, a diversion and prevention program to keep youth out of the formal juvenile court system.  This is a free, voluntary and confidential service for county youth, ages 6 – 16 years old, and can also be used as a resource for other county services.


Juvenile Division Office
Ionia County Courthouse Basement
100 West Main Street
Ionia, MI  48846


Juvenile/Family Division Judge:

Robert S. Sykes, Jr.

Juvenile Division Staff:

  • Mark Jewell, Director of Juvenile Services & Non-Attorney
  • Karen Heintzelman, In-Home Care Probation Officer
  • Kristine Purnhagen, Probation Officer
  • Dave Ostrander, Probation Officer
  • Juanita Mills, Juvenile Court Register
  • Sallie Possehn, Deputy Register

Youth Service Bureau Staff:

  • Kristin Yalacki, Caseworker
  • Kim Wheater, Caseworker