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Presenters: Honorable Phillip Britt, Honorable Jeri Cohen, Phil Breitenbucher, MSW
All collaborative courts are family courts if their clients include parents and children. Many clients have legal matters involving juvenile delinquency, dependency, family, and domestic violence matters. This workshop will offer judicial leaders and legal professionals working in adult drug courts an overview of the dependency court and child welfare system and offer some practical strategies on how to work with parents who are involved in family courts. Participants will gain a greater understanding and awareness of how decisions in adult drug court impact the child and family, even if the child is never seen in court. This presentation will make the case for why adult drug courts should pay greater attention to children and families and why cross-system collaboration and communication are critical for family safety and recovery. National resources for legal education and training will also be provided. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) are available for participants.
Below are resources that were either mentioned during the presentation or used in the development of its content:
Miami Child Well-Being Court Model- A Handbook for Clinicians and Essential Elements and Implementation Guidance
Questions Every Judge and Lawyer Should Ask About Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System
Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Futures – A Judges Guide
Child-Centered Practices for the Courtroom and Community (Katz, Lederman, & Osofsky, 2011)
Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (NIDA)
Family Drug Court Guidelines
Family Drug Court Learning Academy
A Guide for Legal Professionals – Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment and Family Recovery (National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare)
Clean – by David Sheff