Teen Matters – Meeting The Needs Of Adolescent Youth


July 30, 2020 

This Café Conversation highlights the importance of serving adolescent youth in family treatment courts (FTCs).  Their developmental needs and social connections require an approach that emphasizes youth engagement and meaningful relationships with peers and adults. There is an emphasis on building a strong voice and promoting active participation in teenagers planning their own lives to ensure that they will be equipped to successfully transition into adulthood and avoid involvement in the juvenile justice system.  Key principles and strategies for prevention, quality substance use disorder (SUD) treatment for adolescents, and recovery support are also highlighted. 

The Learning Academy offers numerous technical assistance and training resources on this topic.  A 30-minute introductory video and a Team Discussion Guide are available for FTC practitioners to view and engage in discussion together.  Additionally, there is a recorded facilitated discussion with a set of panelists who share experiences and expertise in serving the needs of adolescent youth affected by substance use disorders and involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.   A Call-to-Action Guide is provided to equip attendees with important next steps to translate learning into practice. 


  • Kelly Jones, Program Associate, Children and Family Futures
  • Janelle Sgrignoli, Program Administrator of Specialty Courts (Snohomish County, WA)
  • Hon. Anthony Capizzi, Juvenile Court Judge (Montgomery, OH)
  • Martha Blomquist, Senior Site Manager, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges 


Learning Objectives: 

1. Highlight key principles and best practice strategies on engaging and serving adolescent and transitional youth affected by parental SUD 

2. Learn from national and local leaders and teams on how they are successfully serving adolescents and transitional youth 

3.Identify key next steps collaborative teams can take to serve the needs of adolescents and transitional youth 

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