Children and Family Futures Newsletter January 2015

Improving safety, permanency, well-being and recovery outcomes for children, parents and families affected by trauma, substance use and mental health disorders
in the child welfare and family judicial systems.
New Program Announcement!

Nine Family Drug Courts Receive Peer Learning Courts of Excellence Awards

Building on the success of the current Family Drug Court Peer Learning Court Program, Children and Family Futures, with the support of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, is pleased to announce the selection of five additional Peer Learning Courts, expanding the program to nine Family Drug Courts. 

Children and Family Futures has identified best practice models by creating mentorship sites across the nation that further the exchange of learning through peer-to-peer technical assistance. Peer Learning Courts host visiting Family Drug Court professionals to experience their court in action and share proven policies, practices and lessons learned. 

For additional information about the Family Drug Court technical assistance available including the Peer Learning Court Program, email us at  

Click here for press release.

January 26-February 1, 2015

You're invited to participate in the 5th annual National Drug Facts Week, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This weeklong health observance is an opportunity for teens to learn the facts about drugs and addiction from scientists and other experts.

Host and promote an event for teens during the week of January 26–February 1, 2015, and help shatter the myths about drugs.

Register your event and receive support from the NIDA staff to plan a successful and engaging event. NIDA staff can help you order science-based materials to complement your event, brainstorm activity ideas, partner with other organizations and get your event nationally recognized by adding it to the official 2015 map for National Drug Facts Week.

Plan Your Event—Five Steps to Hosting

Already planning to host an event? Click here to register your event.

Upcoming Webinars
Below is a listing of upcoming webinars that you may be interested in.
The Evidence Behind Medication-Assisted Therapies and Behavioral Interventions for Opioid Addiction

Hosted by the National Criminal Justice Association
Thursday, January 15, 2015

10:00-11:30 AM (PST)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death in 2012. Additionally, 53% of these deaths were related to pharmaceuticals with the majority being related to opioids typically prescribed for pain. With heroin overdoses, deaths doubling from 2010 to 2012 and the steady rise in heroin initiation since 2007, health and justice system leaders are struggling to deal with the opioid crisis. This webinar will explore what science says works in helping individuals with opioid use disorders and discuss the scope of the problem, the research behind medication-assisted therapies and how behavioral interventions can enhance treatment effectiveness.

To register for this webinar, click here.

The Role of Trauma among Families Struggling with Substance Abuse Speaker Series

Hosted by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 10:00-11:30 AM (PST)

In the newest NCTSN webinar series, featured presenters will share their unique perspectives, expertise and personal insights into caring for youth affected by trauma and substance use. This presentation will explore some of the challenges and impacts of youth substance abuse on caregivers and family members, in addition to discussing promising practices, recovery supports and resources for families to identify help.

Click here to see registration instructions.

Past Webinars and Conferences

CFF staff and consultants have provided legislative testimony, developed workshop trainings for diverse audiences, and presented at numerous national, State and local conferences around the country. Visit our website for more information on past and future webinars and presentations.

Training and Technical Assistance

CFF has a full schedule of on-site and web-based training presentations on behalf of:

  • The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
  • Family Drug Court Learning Academy Webinar Series
  • Regional Partnership Grantees
  • Children Affected by Methamphetamine

"Like" us on Facebook here to receive up to the minute notices on upcoming events, webinars and presentation materials. 

To request technical assistance, email us at

Research and Evaluation

Children and Family Futures collaborates with agencies and organizations to design evaluations that are carefully crafted to meet stakeholders' information needs. The Research and Evaluation Division staff works with sites to design and implement an appropriate array of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods to document changes in the lives of children and families.

Collaborate with CFF to design your evaluation. Learn more about CFF's evaluation services here, or contact Dr. Chad Rodi, the Research and Evaluation Director, at

Free Online Tutorial

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare offers free online tutorials for professionals in substance abuse treatment, child welfare, and the family courts. Continuing Education and Continuing Legal Education Units are available upon successful completion of each tutorial. 

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