All collaborative courts are family courts if their clients include parents and children. And if substance use disorders impacts all relationships in the family unit, recovery support must extend beyond the parent to a more family-centered approach. This publication offers judicial leaders and other drug court professionals working in adult drug courts key strategies for implementing a family-focused approach, with particular focus on enhanced collaboration, communication, shared knowledge, addressing the needs of families and children, funding, sustainability, and outcomes. This publication makes the case for why adult drug courts should pay greater attention to children and families, and why cross-system collaboration and communication are critical for family safety and recovery. Readers will examine the findings of three adult drug courts from Florida, Michigan, and Montana and each process of transitioning from a traditional ADC to one that has expanded services to families and children of program participants.

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