Family Drug Courts (FDCs) have been identified as a promising model in achieving positive outcomes for families affected by substance use disorders and involved in the child welfare system. As FDCs work towards achieving these outcomes, it is important to assess whether the improved recovery, safety and permanency outcomes achieved for FDC participants are similarly experienced by individuals of all genders and diverse racial and ethnic groups.
This Café Conversation will share key opportunities for the FDC field and partner agencies to more closely examine their programs to ensure fairness and equal access to its program. The discussion will highlight the descriptive findings of a data set from a federal initiative on whether racial disproportionality and disparities existed amongst a cohort of families participating in FDCs. These findings were recently published in the inaugural issue of the Journal for Advancing Justice. Through collaboration and quality implementation, agencies and systems can partner together to increase access to comprehensive and coordinated services. This discussion will also highlight examples of FDCs that have examined this issue in their programs and taken important steps to ensure equity and inclusion for all children and families in the child welfare system affected by parental substance use disorders, regardless of gender, race, and ethnicity.
Numerous learning opportunities and resources will be provided to attendees to enhance learning. First, a pre-recorded webinar presentation (30-minute duration) will be released before the live webinar event along with a Team Discussion Guide so FDC practitioners can view and discuss together.
Then, join us on September 6th for a live webinar event which will feature a facilitated discussion between practitioners from two FDC programs and a Tribal Law Specialist from the Tribal Law and Policy Institute as they share their experiences and expertise in ensuring equity and inclusion in their communities. A Call to Action Guide will also be provided to ensure attendees take important next steps.
- Explore the context of racial disproportionality and disparities in the justice, treatment and child welfare systems and how FDCs are in a unique position to be part of the solution or a contributor to these injustices
- Learn how other FDCs are monitoring and addressing gender and racial disproportionality and disparities in their programs
- Identify practical next steps for FDC practitioners and teams to ensure equal access and outcomes for all participant families
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