The expansion of Family Drug Courts (FDCs) has created a growing need for training and technical assistance to assist State, local and Tribal jurisdictions to develop and improve the FDC model and approach. For more than 15 years, the Center for Children and Family Futures (CCFF) has offered a comprehensive Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program that builds on its extensive, award-winning experience to improve outcomes for children and families. The program’s mission is to improve outcomes for children and families by providing TTA that helps States, state and local courts, local government and Tribes to build the capacity to develop, maintain, and enhance FDCs. The TTA program will be integrated and leveraged with the on-going TTA infrastructure of CCFF.
CCFF’s mission for the FDC Technical Assistance program is to improve outcomes for children and families by providing TTA that targets key practice and policy components: developing cross-system collaboration, implementing efficient practice, conducting needs assessments, providing staff training and development, conducting research and evaluation and developing sustainability plans. The FDC program uses a variety of technical assistance and training methods to engage FDC teams from across the country. These include web-based learning communities, on-site expert consultation, off-site consultation and support, policy analysis and focused resource and product development on specific Family Drug Court issues.
CCFF provides hundreds of TTAs each year. There are approximately 325 FDCs currently operating. At present, CCFF has worked as a technical assistance provider for over 400 technical assistance requests made by FDCs across the nation.
This project is supported by Award No. 2013-DC-BX-K002 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Office of Justice Programs. The opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice.