Resource Letter:

For Judges Handling Child Welfare Cases

March 9, 2023

Resources for Developing or Enhancing Family Treatment Courts

Family treatment courts, also referred to as family drug courts, have expanded across the country as courts and child welfare stakeholders continue to strive for the best outcomes for families who have challenges related to substance use. National resources and technical assistance are available to assist Texas courts as they implement a family treatment court model. The national Family Treatment Court Training and Technical Assistance (FTC TTA) program provides support to states, state and local courts, local and tribal governments, and community agencies interested in implementing family treatment court practices. Resources include best practice standards and planning guides for implementing the treatment court model.

Additionally, the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) provides information, expert consultation, training and technical assistance to child welfare, court, and substance use treatment professionals to improve the safety, permanency, well-being and recovery outcomes for children, parents, and families. NCSACW offers online resources searchable by topic to help agencies and professionals develop or enhance policies, practices, and procedures.

The Center for Children and Family Futures is the contractor for both the FTC TTA and NCSACW. Taken together, these initiatives provide tailored training and technical assistance on topics such as medication assisted treatment, family treatment courts, and reasonable efforts around substance use disorders and treatment court. For detailed information about these technical assistance centers, how to request services, and sample materials please reference the NCSACW announcement.

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