Peer Learning Court Program

Supported by:  Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

The Peer Learning Court Request for Application (RFA) is reinstated. We are now accepting applications through May 6, 2024. Please download the RFA below for more details on how to apply.
Contact us at peerlearningcourts@cffutures.org  with questions regarding the PLC application requirements.

Center for Children and Family Futures (CCFF) is in the process of reviewing applications for the Peer Learning Court program’s fifth cohort. CCFF will provide PLC recommendations to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) who will select up to eight collaboratives—prioritizing at least one Tribal FHWC to serve as a PLC for 2 years. This page will be updated with the awarded PLC selections and more details in the fall of 2024 with a project start date of November 1, 2024.

What is the PLC Program?

The Center for Children and Family Futures (CCFF), with support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), hosts the national Family Treatment Court Training and Technical Assistance (FTC TTA) Peer Learning Court (PLC) Program.

 

CCFF launched the PLC Program in 2012 to highlight national best practice models for family treatment courts (FTCs), while increasing knowledge and innovative practice through peer-to-peer learning and technical assistance (TA). PLCs are collaboratives that operate in alignment with the FTC Best Practice Standards (2019) — using sound, evidence-supported practices and policies to improve child welfare and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment outcomes for families. PLCs feature strong cross-system collaborative leadership teams that include champions among Tribes, courts, child welfare, SUD treatment, and other family-serving agencies.

 

CCFF works with established and experienced collaboratives to show how a comprehensive, family-centered approach — grounded in effective cross-systems collaboration and best practices — improves family outcomes. The PLCs are available to participate in the following peer-to-peer learning opportunities:  

  • Host virtual and/or in-person team site visits, providing an opportunity to observe their court proceedings and staffing sessions and meet with their team and visit partner agencies. These visits typically include a team meeting during which visitors can ask questions and debrief the observation
  • Participate in virtual peer-to-peer connection, via email or video conference call, to share practice innovations, successes, challenges, and lessons
  • Share operational documents (e.g., policy and procedure manual, parent handbook, reporting templates, MOU, etc.)

To learn more about the FTC Peer Learning Court Program or to access peer supported TTA, please email us at peerlearningcourts@cffutures.org

FEATURED PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES 

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