The book “Parents: The Perspective of a Juvenile Court Judge,” was compiled by Dave Yonke from a series of interviews with Judge Devine, conducted by former University of Toledo President Dr. Dan Johnson. The book captures Judge Devine’s vision and mission. Judge Devine attests that society could reduce the number of inmates, enjoy greater student success, and have more productive employees if parents are re-empowered to handle the daily care of their children. This book can be used as a basis for policy, group discussion, and curriculum development, and as a starting point for conversation and looking at a programmatic focus on training first-tier workers. The Parent Institute of Lourdes University has made copies of this book available to the public for purchase. To purchase a copy, please download the order form.


The Parent Institute strives to provide support and professional development to both new and experienced helping professionals to identify the role of parents in the healthy and productive lives of their children. Please browse our continually updated list of electronic resources related to the re-empowerment of parents.


If you are in Northwest Ohio seeking support, please contact United Way 2-1-1, a free, 24/7, confidential and anonymous, non-emergency information and referral service that connects Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, and Hancock county residents to health and human services resources.