Peer Learning Court Program

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

The Center for Children and Family Futures (CCFF) requests applications for the Peer Learning Court (PLC) program’s fifth cohort! The PLC program designates mentor family treatment courts1 (FTCs) and Tribal family healing to wellness courts (FHWCs) to highlight best practices and share innovations that advance the implementation of the FTC Best Practice Standards.

PLCs are mentor FTC and FHWC collaboratives serving families involved in the child welfare system and affected by parental substance use and co-occurring challenges. They demonstrate commitment to evidence-based practices; innovative strategies to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families; and strong partnerships among Tribes, courts, child welfare, substance use treatment, and community service agencies.

Collaboratives selected use sound, evidence-supported practices and policies while demonstrating strong collaboration among the courts, child welfare, substance use treatment providers, and community service agencies.

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.

Important Dates 

Application Due Date: March 25, 2024
Award Notification Date: October 16, 2024
Project Start Date: November 1, 2024
Project End Date: December 31, 2026

Please download the request for application below for more details on how to apply:

Contact us at peerlearningcourts@cffutures.org  with questions regarding the PLC Request for Applications.


1 FTCs are known by many names including: Family Drug Courts, Family Dependency Drug Courts, Family Recovery Courts, and Family Preservation Courts.

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.