InitiativeThe National Quality Improvement Center for Collaborative Community Court Teams

Description: This video featuring Judge Peggy Walker draws on her experience as the presiding judge of the Douglas County Georgia Family Treatment Court and discusses the judge’s role in improving systems of care for infants with prenatal substance exposure and their families, implementing Plans of Safe Care, and preventing family separation. The video provides practical, experience-based guidance that professionals from child welfare, courts, substance use disorder treatment and other family-serving agencies can use to improve the health and well-being of infants and their families affected by substance use disorders.

Speaker: Judge Peggy Walker (Douglas County Georgia Family Treatment Court)

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Judicial officers hear a broad variety of dependency matters from a unique vantage point. This often requires insight and education in areas beyond the law such as substance use, mental health, and infant health and development. This briefing paper is intended to assist judicial officers presiding over collaborative community court teams better understand Plans of Safe Care (POSC), and their role in implementing POSC and bringing together community partners to improve systems for infants with prenatal substance exposure and their families.