Training and Technical Assistance

Grantee Welcome and Introduction to

2020 OJJDP Family Drug Court

Registration and Information:

Meeting Description:The OJJDP Family Treatment Court (FTC) Grantee meeting will be a two-day virtual interactive event to hear from your Grants Management Specialist, learn National Family Treatment Court updates and strategies to begin planning for sustainability.  There will be breakout sessions to hear from other grantees and share innovative practices and policies that strengthen your FTC and improve outcomes for children and families. We are excited to “see” you there!

When:  Tuesday September 2, 2020 and Thursday September 10, 2020 

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm PST

     10:00am – 1:00pm MST

     11:00am – 2:00pm CST

     12:00pm – 3:00pm EST

How to participate: When you register for the event you will receive an email with your personalized meeting access link.  On the day of the event, click that link to access the meeting.

If you have any problems accessing this event, please contact us at or call 1- 866-493-2758 ext. 8965

Agenda and Presentations:



  • Family Treatment Court Best Practice Standards – The Family Treatment Court (FTC) Best Practices Standards published by the Center for Children and Family Futures (2019) and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals provide local jurisdictions, states, tribes, and funders with clear practice guidance to improve outcomes for children, parents, and families affected by substance use and co-occurring disorders who are involved in child welfare.
  • FTC What Works –  This resource provides a visually appealing overview of the family treatment court movement, essential practices and research outcomes. 
  • FTC Learning Academy – The Family Treatment Court (FTC) Learning Academy consist of a series of web-based trainings that assess the needs, initiate strategic planning, implement program improvements, evaluate performance, and sustain FTCs. Launched in 2010, the Learning Academy is comprised of “learning communities” that are responsive to the developmental stages of FTCs. To date, the Learning Academy has delivered over 50 webinar presentations or training events with over 80 hours of content reaching nearly 4,000 attendees from all 50 states.
  • Family Treatment Court Online Tutorial – The Family Treatment Court (FTC) Tutorial is designed for anyone interested in gaining basic and introductory knowledge of the FTC model and operation. Newly hired members, local community stakeholders and members from partner agencies who are looking to become acquainted with the FTC model will find this tutorial helpful.
  • Family Drug Court National Strategic Plan – The National Strategic Plan for Family Drug Courts outlines a coordinated national strategy to enhance and expand the use of Family Drug Courts to reach more children and families.
  • Statewide System Improvement Program Leading Change Brief Series – The Leading Change brief series synthesizes the experiences of the six Statewide System Improvement Program (SSIP) awardees (from October 2014 through September 2019) into three briefs, each filled with relevant considerations and challenges for those who want to lead systems change in their states and communities. The first brief provides context of the current state of Family Treatment Courts in the country, an overview of the SSIP initiative and opportunities for systems change; the second focuses on state leadership toward change; and the third is focused on leadership and change at the local level.
  • Prevention and Family Recovery (PFR) Briefs and Case Studies – The PFR initiative focused on moving existing Family Treatment Courts (FTCs) towards a more family centered approach. Children and Family Futures produced five briefs that highlight cross-cutting PFR lessons that the field can use to replicate effective FTC practices. A companion set of case studies tells a more in-depth story of each grantee’s PFR journey.
  • Governance Structures and Leadership (Webinar) – Strong and effective FTCs require equally strong and effective governance structures and leadership. FTCs that are haphazardly organized and forced to rely on ineffective leadership will inevitably drift into ineffective practice, suffer poor outcomes, and may even fade into non-existence. This video explores the successful infrastructures necessary to bust barriers, ensure vital information flow, and provide the effective resources to productively serve families in your FDC.
  • Idea Exchange Call Notes – Children and Family Futures (CFF) hosted four Idea Exchange Calls bringing together Family Treatment Court (FTC) practitioners across the nation to discuss the impact of the current public health crisis on their FTC and the families they serve. These notes capture challenges, interim solutions and resources that were discussed.
  • Public Health Crisis Resources – The resources linked here are designed to provide education, support and guidance to providers who are supporting families affected by parental substance use disorders and involved in child welfare during the current public health crisis.
  • Strengthening Families through Primary Prevention of Child Maltreatment and Unnecessary Parent-Child Separation (ACYF-CB-IM-18-05)
  • Family Time and Visitation for Children and Youth in Out-of-Home Care (ACYF-CB-IM-20-02)
  • Engaging, Empowering, and Utilizing Family and Youth Voice in all Aspects of Child Welfare to Drive Case Planning and System Improvement (ACYF-CB-IM-19-03)
  • High Quality Legal Representation for All Parties in Child Welfare Proceedings (ACYF-CB-IM-17-02)