PLC Press Release

Contact Information:
 Phil Breitenbucher, Program Director
  (714) 505-3525
Nine Family Drug Courts Receive
Peer Learning Courts of Excellence Awards

Lake Forest, California (January 13, 2015) – Building on the success of the currentFamily 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.

The continuing Peer Learning Courts are:
  • Baltimore City Family Recovery Program (Baltimore, MD)
  • Chatham County Family Dependency Treatment Court (Savannah, GA)
  • Jackson County Family Drug Court (Kansas City, MO)
  • Pima County Family Drug Court (Tucson, AZ)
The five new Peer Learning Courts are:
  • Dunklin County 35th Judicial Circuit Family Treatment Court (Kennett, MO)
  • Jefferson County Family Drug Court (Birmingham, AL)
  • King County Family Treatment Court (Seattle, WA)
  • Miami-Dade County Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida Family Drug Court (Miami. FL)
  • Wapello County Family Treatment Court (Ottumwa, IA)
"We are pleased to expand this program by partnering with these excellent courts,” said Dr. Nancy Young, Director of Children and Family Futures. “We understand that Family Drug Court teams want to know how other courts are overcoming barriers and implementing collaborative solutions. The Peer Learning Court Program responds by connecting court, child welfare and treatment professionals with their peers. The sharing of practice-based knowledge through these connections has been extremely valuable to court programs and the larger Family Drug Court field.”
The nation’s first Peer Learning Courts were selected in 2012, as a component of a wide array of technical assistance opportunities available through Children and Family Futures, a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve safety, permanency, well-being and recovery outcomes for children, parents and families affected by trauma, substance use and mental health disorders. For additional information about the Family Drug Court technical assistance available including the Peer Learning Court Program, email us at or visit the Children and Family Futures website at:
25371 Commercentre Drive, Suite 140, Lake Forest, California 92630 
Phone: 714.505.3525 Fax: 714.505.3626 Toll Free 866.493.2758

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