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Peer Learning Court Program


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

Round 4 Application Forecast

Children and Family Futures is pleased to announce that the Peer Learning Court (PLC) Program Round 4 application is coming soon! This forecast provides important dates and information to assist Family Treatment Court (FTC) collaboratives in the application to become a PLC.

The Family Treatment Court Training and Technical Assistance Program team and program consultants, will select up to eight (8) family treatment courts to serve as a PLC.

Peer Learning Courts are mentor collaboratives serving families involved in the child welfare system and affected by parental substance use. PLCs demonstrate commitment to evidence-based practices, innovative strategies to improve outcomes for children and families, and strong partnerships among the court, child welfare, substance use treatment providers, and community service agencies. For over seven years, the PLC program has highlighted best practice implementation and shared innovative practices that advance the knowledge in the FTC field.

We encourage teams to apply who:

  • Use sound, evidence-supported practices and policies
  • Demonstrate strong collaboration among courts, child welfare, substance use disorder treatment, and other family-serving agencies
  • Commit to utilizing innovative approaches to improve well-being for children, youth, and families and prevent involvement in the dependency, juvenile justice, and adult systems

PLC Program Benefits

  • Recognition as a National leader in the field
  • Priority access to training and technical assistance through the National FTC TTA program
  • Engage in peer-to-peer learning opportunities
  • Travel scholarships to visit a fellow PLC for discussion and observations
  • Travel scholarship to the 2021 National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) conference

Important Dates

  • Application Release Date – Feburary 3, 2020
  • Application Due Date – March 2, 2020
  • Notification of PLC Site Selections – October 1, 2020

What to Expect:

Children and Family Futures is scheduled to release the application on the Peer Learning Court Website on February 3, 2020. The application includes detailed instructions on how to apply to be a mentor court in the PLC program.


Becoming a PLC gave us the chance to share our successes – and our challenges – with new Family Treatment Court teams, and it felt like we were part of the bigger picture, building a strong foundation of best practices for FTCs across the country.  Our monthly conference calls with the other PLCs gave us the chance to network with some of the best of the best and working with new FTCs helped us look at our own program with fresh eyes.  
-Chris Swenson-Smith, former Coordinator of Pima County FTC, Round 2 PLC


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Children and Family Futures and the National Family Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Program are thrilled to announce the selection of eight new mentor courts! These new partners will help to advance the national family drug court movement by furthering the exchange of learning through peer-to-peer technical assistance. Peer Learning Courts host visiting Family Drug Court professionals to experience their court in action and share proven policies, practices and lessons learned. To read the full 2018 Peer Learning Court Media Release, click here.

The Peer Learning Court Program is part of the range of technical assistance opportunities available through Children and Family Futures. The courts that have been selected as an FDC Peer Learning Court use sound evidence-supported practices and policies, and demonstrate strong collaboration among the courts, child welfare, substance abuse treatment agencies and others.

To learn more about the FDC Peer Learning Court Program or to visit one of the courts, contact us as


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