Thursday, 23 August 2018 12:49

Family Treatment Court Planning Guide

In 1995, family treatment courts began concurrently in Reno, Nevada, and Pensacola, Florida.2 Today, more than 300 family treatment courts nationwide are successfully applying the treatment court model to child welfare cases that involve allegations of child abuse or neglect related to parental use of alcohol or other drugs.3 But helping individual families from different backgrounds is a complex task. Determining which methods will motivate which families can be difficult. Strong cultural beliefs about what is normal can affect success. Thus, the family treatment court model provides the support system necessary for families with complex needs that require intensive treatment, accountability, monitoring, services, and supports for successful reunification.4 Family treatment courts are accomplishing this by • Reinventing how communities respond to families affected by substance use disorders • Reconnecting families with the values that are relevant to their system of success • Redefining how child welfare, substance use disorder treatment, and dependency court strategies and practices affect the future of every community This comprehensive family-centered approach provides a solid foundation for families to grow beyond child welfare, social services, and criminal justice issues.

Open Planning Guide.

Published in Children's Justice Act
Thursday, 23 August 2018 12:46

Data Sharing: Courts and Child Welfare

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) offers this technical assistance guidance to courts and child welfare agencies to assist and support the creation of automated, bi-directional (two-way) data exchanges between their respective information systems. This document summarizes the benefits of data exchanges, identifies data categories to consider in data-sharing agreements, provides tips for overcoming common challenges, and highlights examples of successfully operating state and locally administered data exchanges. The information and recommendations herein do not establish requirements or supersede existing laws or official guidance.

Link to guide.

Published in Data & Technology

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