Ready , Set, Go! 5 Key Planning Decisions to Help You Successfully Launch Your Family Drug Court


April 5, 2018 

As the Family Treatment Court (FTC) model continues to garner attention nationwide as a promising solution for families involved in the child welfare system and affected by parental substance use, state and local leaders are seeking guidance on how to thoughtfully plan and launch an FTC program in their communities. This Café Conversation explores essential decision points a planning team will encounter to ensure that an FTC is truly a collaborative effort designed to achieve improved outcomes for children and families. Drawing from the experiences of successful FTC leaders and teams and training and technical assistance resources and materials, this Café Conversation shares strategies and lessons for the planning process. 

There is a thirty-minute video along with a Team Discussion Guide for FTC practitioners to view and discuss together. Additionally, there is another video which features a discussion between a panel of practitioners who have undergone the planning process and successfully launched an FTC in their respective communities. A Call to Action Guide is provided to ensure viewers have the opportunity to take important next steps. Regardless of role or discipline or where in the planning and implementation process, these series of learning events and resources will equip teams with the resources and guidance to successfully accomplish the mission and vision for children and families. 


  • Jane Pfeifer, Senior Program Associate, Children and Family Futures
  • Arielle Andrews, Court Coordinator, Family Recovery Court (Grant, IN)
  • Leslie Hendricks, Executive Director, CASA of Grant County, Inc. (Grant, IN)
  • Tricia Lucido, Specialized Program Manager, Probation Services (Montgomery County, OH)
  • Kyla Woods, Family Treatment Court Coordinator, Montgomery County Juvenile Court (Montgomery County, OH)
  • Gina Jeffrey (Pinellas County, FL)
  • Doug Elliot, Dependency Dug Court Case Manager, (Pinellas County, FL) 

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify key decision and planning points for all FTCs 

2. Explore the important role of governance structure, leadership, and data during the planning process 

3. Learn from the experiences of FTC teams that have successfully planned and launched an FTC 

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