Let’s Be Better Together – Five Questions Your Family Treatment Court Team Must Discuss If You Want to Serve In-Home Families


September 19, 2019 

With the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act, which allow states to spend foster care dollars on prevention services to keep families out of the foster care system, Family Treatment Courts (FTCS) across this nation have the opportunity to align themselves with state and local efforts to keep families together.  Achieving this vision requires strong partnerships, visionary leadership and a family-focused approach that builds on family strengths to protect and care for their children.  This Café Conversation explores five key questions FTC teams must consider when planning to serve intact families.  These discussions highlight key values and core elements that are essential for serving the in-home population and keeping families together, including the importance of engaging parent attorneys, ensuring timely access to treatment, identifying protective factors when assessing parental capacity and child risk and safety, communication between partner agencies, and safety planning.  This Café Conversation will highlight various practice innovations, including jurisdictions who implement a pre-file model which serves families prior to the filing of petition and developing Plans of Safe Care for mothers and their infants as required by the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. 

The Learning Academy offers numerous technical assistance and training resources for this topic.  There is a 30-minute video presentation and a Team Discussion Guide for FDC practitioners engage in discussion.  A Call-to-Action Guide is provided to equip viewers with important next steps to translate learning into practice. There is also a facilitated discussion with the following host and panelists: 


  • Ashay Shah, Senior Program Associate, Children and Family Futures
  • Mimi Laver, Director, Legal Representation Projects, American Bar Association, Center on Children and the Law
  • Kim Rubble, Supervisor, Recovery Services (Trumball County, OH)
  • Angela Cochran, Peer Recovery Coach (Trumball County, OH)
  • Magistrate Jami Vigil (El Paso County, CO)

Learning Objectives:

1. Overview of key considerations and components in serving in-home population 

2. Highlight practice and policy innovations, including pre-file model, Plans of Safe Care, and identification of protective factors for families affected by parental substance use 

3. Learn how FTCs are serving in-home population and preventing removal of children in their communities 

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