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.

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