We believe that all collaborative courts are Family Courts when their clients include adults who have children (aka parents aka family). The challenge is not to divert resources from treatment parents to help their children, but rather to mobilize and link new resources from other agencies that already serve children….Because isn’t that what collaborative means.
Serving children should be a priority for all family drug courts. Paying more attention in your FDC to children services, however, will require new partnerships and collaborations. Collaborative courts don’t have to serve children alone, but should be connected to those who are serving children. No one agency can do it all. Because that’s what collaborative means.
We were excited to see families and children and family drug courts take a more prominent place in the recent NADCP Annual Training Conference. And we are excited to share the wonderful photo below found on the NADCP Facebook page. Thank you for all you do in serving children and families.
Here are some key questions that all collaborative courts can ask themselves:
- Do you ask if the client has children?
- Do you screen children for service needs?
- Do you refer and follow-up to outside agencies with children’s services?
- Are child-serving agencies on your collaborative team?