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Children and Family Futures strives to prevent child abuse and neglect while improving safety, permanency, well-being and recovery outcomes with equity for all children, parents and families affected by trauma, substance use and mental health disorders.

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children have parents who need treatment for a substance use disorder1
children entered foster care during the 2018 fiscal year2
of those who need treatment services for a substance use disorder do not receive them3



Through federally- and foundation-funded projects, Children and Family Futures and its small business subsidiary, Center for Children and Family Futures, produces publications, reports, Technical Assistance tools and web-based learning for the field. The following are featured resources from our work. For more resources or information related to a specific topic, please visit our resources page or click the “Contact Us” button below or at the top of the page.

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National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) just released new resources on drug testing: 

  • Brief 1: Considerations for Developing a Child Welfare Drug Testing Policy and Protocol offers key steps for child welfare policymakers to consider. 
  • Brief 2: Drug Testing for Parents Involved in Child Welfare: Three Key Practice Points helps child welfare workers implement drug testing into their practice. 

Click here to view on the NCSACW website

The NCSACW’s Sustainability Toolkit: Five Steps to Build Sustainability Plan for Systems Change provides collaboratives, organizations, and programs with tools to plan and implement a sustainability approach for innovative projects. This resource draws on over 25 years of experience working with communities, counties, states, and tribes from across the country as well as other relevant literature in the field.  

Click here to view on the NCSACW website

Also from NCSACW, Medication-Assisted Treatment in the Courtroom: A Benchcard for Judicial Professionals Serving Parents and Children Affected by Opioid Use Disorders offers information on medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to judicial professionals and their collaborative partners serving families affected by opioid use disorders.

Click here to view on the NCSACW website

Prevention and Family Recovery’s (PFR) Data Capacity: What Is It and Does Our Family Treatment Court Team Have It? describes how family treatment court (FTC) teams can assess their cross-systems data capacity, use their data to improve programs, and inform various audiences about their successes. 

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Just released FTC Training and Technical Assistance team! Putting the Pieces Together: Harnessing the Power of Parenting Time to Strengthen the Parent-Child Relationship and Support Reunification Efforts in Your Family Treatment Court Practice Academy. Panelists share their knowledge, experience, and tips to support meaningful parenting timeWebinar materials include an animated video, Team Discussion Tool, and a Take Action Tool.

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The new series from NCSACW, How States Serve Infants and Their Families Affected by Prenatal Substance Exposure includes three briefs highlighting states’ approaches to serving infants and their families affected by prenatal substance exposure. The briefs stem from NCSACW’s review of states’ Annual Progress and Services Reports (APSRs) pertaining to Section 503 “Infant Plan of Safe Care” of the Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA). They also draw upon years of practice-based experience providing: 1) technical assistance to support systems-level policy effortsand 2) practice-level innovations to improve outcomes for these infants and families. 

Click here to view on the NCSACW website

Medication-Assisted Treatment: A Primer for Judicial Professionals Serving Parents and Children Affected by Opioid Use Disorders from NCSACW provides an overview of MAT—including the benefits and risks, barriers to treatment, language considerations, and the importance of collaboration.  

Click here to view on the NCSACW website

The Regional Partnership Program’s Practice-Level Strategies to Create Systems-Level Change series includes three briefs that explore the key components of sustaining systems-level change—relationships, resources, and results. 

  • Brief 1: Relationships 
  • Brief 2: Resources 
  • Brief 3: Results 

Click here to view on the NCSACW website

Children and Family Futures, in partnership with Casey Family Programs, developed a series of three briefs (below) for child welfare and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment professionals, along with courts and other key stakeholders. Topics include the FTC model, current research, as well as best practices and strategies to improve outcomes for all families affected by SUDs.  

  • Brief 1: What are Family Treatment Courts and how do they improve outcomes for families?   
  • Brief 2: What can we learn from Family Treatment Courts about improving practice for families affected by substance use disorders?
  • Brief 3: What can we learn from Family Treatment Courts to support systems change?   

Click here to view Brief 1 on the Casey.org website
Click here to view Brief 2 on the Casey.org website
Click here to view Brief 3 on the Casey.org website


  • The Quality Improvement Center for Collaborative Community Court Team Evaluation Summary Brief is one of two briefs highlighting the efforts of 14 demonstration sites to enhance and expand their capacity to support and improve safety, permanency, well- being, and recovery outcomes for infants, families, and caregivers. This brief, developed in collaboration with Advocates for Human Potential, highlights quantitative cross-site evaluation outcomes and findings. 

  • Quality Improvement Center for Collaborative Community Court Team’s Tribal Family Wellness Plan Learning Modules prepared in collaboration with the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI), are designed to guide tribally driven collaboratives seeking to reduce the impact of substance abuse on pregnant and parenting families, improve systems and services to reduce prenatal substance exposure, prevent the separation of families, and support family wellness. 


  1. Lipari RN, & Van Horn SL (2017). Children living with parents who have a substance use disorder.
  2. United States. (2019). The AFCARS report. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau.
  3. McCance-Katz, E. F. (2018). The National Survey on Drug Use and Health: 2018.