As a problem-solving court, the Family Drug Court (FDC) is designed to mitigate the poor outcomes historically experienced by families affected by parental substance use disorders who are involved in the child welfare system. As FDCs gain greater attention as a promising model in achieving positive outcomes for these, it will be imperative for them to partner with the larger child welfare service system to ensure that their program does not contribute to the disparities seen in the larger child welfare and treatment systems.
This Café Conversation will highlight key opportunities for the FDC field and larger systems to more closely examine their programs and ensure fairness, equal access, and proper matching of services for participant families. FDC practitioners will share how they were able to collect basic demographic data along key child safety and adult treatment performance indicators as an important first step. The discussion will also highlight how FDCs went even further and collected and analyzed data at specific child welfare and court decision points to identify the extent to which racial and ethnic minorities have access to needed services and achieve desired outcomes.
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