Children and Family Futures offers training and technical assistance to tribes, states, counties, and communities on improving cross-systems collaboration on behalf of children and families affected by substance use disorders and involvement with child welfare services. A 1999 Report to Congress from the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, Blending Perspectives and Building Common Ground, established the need for collaborative practice and policies for families with substance use disorders in child welfare. In response to this need, Children and Family Futures  developed and refined a collaborative practice model for families involved in the child welfare system. This model draws from the experiences of communities that have implemented practice and policy changes to accomplish the five national goals set forth in Blending Perspectives. The model calls for collaboration between child welfare, substance use disorder treatment, family courts, and community agencies for the benefit of families affected by substance use disorders. We believe that collaboration is not just a useful add-on in child welfare, it is the critical link to resources that the system needs for success. 

materials disseminated related to collaborative practice
elements of collaborative practice developed by Children and Family Futures that lead to improved family outcomes
sites working on improving collaborative efforts for families affected by substance use disorders and involvement in child welfare services


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 a full list of resources, or information related to a specific topic, please click the “Request Assistance” button below or at the top of the page.

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