What You Need to Know About Child Well-Being and Serving Children in FDCs [Presentation Slides].
Breitenbucher, Phil. Anderson, Clare. Wilson, Charles. Pabustan-Claar, Jennifer.
National Family Drug Court Technical Assistance and Training Program. United States. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. United States. Office of Justice Programs.
Published: July 11, 2012
Family Drug Courts are an excellent venue for ensuring parents and children receive comprehensive assessments and services that address their needs, both individually and as a family unit. Responding to the needs of the child as well as the parent significantly increases the chances of successful reunification, decreases the risk of relapse and recurrence of maltreatment, and can break intergenerational substance use and child maltreatment. Family Drug Courts play a critical role in ensuring not only safety and permanency, but a chance for these children to develop and even thrive. This workshop focused on the impact of parental substance use, co-occurring mental health disorders and trauma on child development; the importance of and effective tools and strategies for addressing the needs of both the parent and the child; and, the role of the Family Drug Court team in identifying and meeting these needs. (Author abstract)
family drug courts; well being; childhood trauma; child development; substance abusing parents; mental disorders; co-occurrence; service delivery