Children and Family Futures

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Children and Family Futures (CFF) is staffed by experts with specialized knowledge on improving collaborative practice and policy among the substance abuse, child welfare, Tribal child welfare and family judicial systems. Children and Family Futures staff members are available to address Federal, State, Tribal and local governments’ technical assistance needs and provide materials and other resources.

Dr. Nancy K. Young and Sid Gardner are the co-founders of CFF, whose main office is in Irvine, California. CFF has staff in numerous sites around the country.

Mission

The mission of Children and Family Futures is to improve the lives of children and families, particularly those affected by substance use disorders.

CFF consults with government agencies and service providers to ensure that effective services are provided to families. CFF advises Federal, State, and local government and community-based agencies, conducts research on the best ways to prevent and address the problem, and provides comprehensive and innovative solutions to policy makers and practitioners. CFF is a California-based not-for-profit organization.

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FAMILY DRUG COURTS: A BEST PRACTICE THAT WORKS

By Judge Leonard Edwards (ret.)1

Family imageJuvenile dependency courts are relatively new. Juvenile court oversight of abuse and neglect cases grew out of the significant changes in the law with the passage of Public Law 96-272 in 1980. Over the past 34 years, juvenile dependency courts and social service agencies have developed a number of best practices including the use of trained volunteers (Court Appointed Special Advocates – CASAs), the practice of one family-one judge, dependency mediation, wrap-around services, and family finding and engagement to name some of the most prominent. I believe the most important best practice has been the introduction of Family Drug Courts2 into dependency process.

FAMILY DRUG COURT LITERATURE REVIEW
Contents
Drug Court Overview and Approaches/Models………………………………………………………………………………………………2
Evaluation and Outcome Studies……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….17
Treatment and Child Welfare Outcomes ………………………………………………………………24
Innovative Approaches……………………………………..>>…………………………………………….36
Judicial Perspectives ………………………………………………………………………………………….39