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The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) of 1974, as amended, established the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention as an independent organization in the executive branch of the Federal Government to coordinate federal programs related to delinquency, unaccompanied juveniles, and missing and exploited children. 

In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Council holds public meetings four times each year in which members discuss activities to facilitate and support this cross-agency coordination. The Council's chair is the Attorney General and its Vice-Chair is the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.