Date: September 11, 2013
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm (PST)
Presenters: Phil Breitenbucher, MSW. Children and Family Futures FDC Project Director

First established in 1995, Family Drug Courts have emerged as one of the most promising models for improving outcomes for children and families affected by substance use disorders in the child welfare system.  To date, there are nearly 350 Family Drug Courts nationwide.  Although several states have developed Family Drug Court standards to provide additional direction on child welfare-specific needs and issues, most have not.  This poses challenges as States and individual FDCs seek guidance in planning and implementing their programs, creating an additional challenge to program evaluation and quality assurance efforts. While there have been considerable efforts to identify the characteristics of FDCs there has not been a publication to offer guidance to states. In this session, the recently released publication Guidance to States: Developing Family Drug Court Guidelines will be discussed, with a focus on how states and local jurisdictions can use the strategies to improve their practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the need for and development of the Family Drug Court Guidelines.
  • Review practice standards to strengthening your Family Drug Court
  • Discuss how to use the Guidelines publication at the local and State level

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