The expansion of Family Drug Courts (FDCs) has created a growing need for training and technical assistance to assist State, local and Tribal jurisdictions to build the capacity to develop, enhance, and sustain FDCs. Children and Family Futures (CFF) is a leader in the FDC field providing training, technical assistance, and evaluation to FDCs across the nation for the past 15 years. Currently, CFF is working as both a hands-on and web-based technical assistance provider and program evaluator for more than 60 FDC courts and engaging in FDC statewide reform across 6 states. 

The National FDC Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program, funded by the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), is staffed by experts with specialized knowledge on improving collaborative practice and policy among the substance abuse, child welfare, Tribal and family judicial systems. TTA is delivered in varying intensities—from brief interventions in response to specific information requests to expert consultation over the course of several months—and in many venues including onsite visits and off-site work conducted via phone, internet, web-based meetings, and video conferences.

Through the FDC TTA Program, CFF offers a variety of resources, materials and learning opportunities for FDC professionals, including:

Web-based Learning

  • FDC Learning Academy Webinars – The FDC Learning Academy, launched in 2010, offers web-based training events to enhance, expand, and sustain FDC programs. This section of online learning provides access to 40 plus webinars with over 70 hours of content. To view all the webinar topics visit the FDC Learning Academy Page.  (Link to the Project page for Learning Academy)
  • Family Drug Court Online Tutorial and Orientation Materials – Are you a new FDC team member? Are you an existing FDC team member looking for an opportunity to freshen up on FDC 101 basics, including FDC model and operations? Look no further. Our five module, self-paced learning FDC Online Tutorial will include links to resources, case studies, interactive questions, and information boxes to enhance the learning experience. Visit the FDC Online Tutorial Page for this valuable learning opportunity.  (Link to the FDC Tutorial page)

Peer-to-Peer Support

  • Peer Learning Court Program – Would you like to speak to an experienced FDC that can share policies, practice protocols, and lessons learned? CFF has identified best practice models by creating mentorship sites across the nation that further the exchange of learning through peer-to-peer technical assistance. To learn more about these mentor courts and access peer-to-peer TA visit the PLC page.  (Link to the PLC program Page)

Key Resources

  • FDC Guidelines – 2015 Research Update! – CFF engaged a team of expert FDC consultants and Federal and State stakeholders to develop Guidance to States: Recommendations for Developing Family Drug Court Guidelines. This publication offers a review of FDC best practices and guidelines to help states and programs create systems change (Link to the Guidelines)

Systems Change

  • Statewide System Reform Program – OJJDP and CFF currently offer in-depth technical assistance to six Statewide System Reform Program (SSRP) Awardees: Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, New York, and Guam. Find out more about how these states are implementing systems reform to expand FDCs’ scale and scope—increasing FDCs reach into child welfare and substance use disorder treatment systems and ensuring the delivery of a full range of comprehensive services for families (Link to the SSRP Page)