Peer Learning Court Program


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

In light of the public health crisis, the PLC application review timeline is being adjusted. We will update this page with more information as soon as possible.

The Center for Children and Family Futures (CCFF) invites Family Treatment Court (FTC) collaboratives to apply to be a nationally recognized Peer Learning Court (PLC).

The PLC Program highlights best practice implementation and shares innovations that advance the FTC field. FTC collaboratives eligible to apply for the PLC Program are multidisciplinary, collaborative teams serving families in the child welfare system affected by parental substance use.

CCFF will work with up to eight well-established and experienced collaborative teams for two years to demonstrate how a comprehensive family-centered approach and FTC best practices improves court, child welfare, and substance use disorder treatment outcomes for children and families.

Important Dates

Application Due Date: March 2, 2020
Award Notification Date: September 30, 2020
Project Start Date: October 1, 2020
Project End Date: September 30, 2022

The PLC Application Period is Closed

CCFF will announce the next PLC program cohort in October 2020.

Please contact with questions.

The Center for Children and Family Futures (CCFF), with support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), hosts the national FTC Training and Technical Assistance Program’s Peer Learning Court (PLC) Program.  PLCs highlight national best practices for FTC collaboratives and further the exchange of learning through peer-to-peer technical assistance while advancing knowledge in the field.

PLCs are FTCs that operate with fidelity to the model by using sound, evidence-supported practices and policies to improve child welfare and substance use disorder treatment outcomes for families.  Serving as model courts, PLCs demonstrate strong collaborative leadership teams that include champions among courts, child welfare, SUD treatment, and other family-serving agencies.

CCFF launched the PLC Program in 2012 to highlight national best practice models for FTCs and to further the exchange of knowledge and innovative practice through peer-to-peer learning and technical assistance.  The 15 FTCs selected to serve as Peer Learning Courts in former cohorts applied sound evidence-supported practices and policies, and demonstrated strong collaboration among the courts, child welfare, substance abuse treatment agencies, and others.

The fourth cohort of PLCs begins October 1, 2020.  CCFF will select eight FTC collaboratives to participate in the PLC Program through September 30, 2022.

To learn more about the FTC Peer Learning Court Program or to access peer-hosted TTA, contact us at


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