Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $475,618)
The purpose of the Family Drug Courts Program is to build the capacity of states, state and local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to develop and establish drug courts for substance-abusing adults involved with the family dependency court as a result of child abuse and neglect issues. The program must provide services to the children of the parents in the program as well as to the parents. The program provides seed money, not long-term support. OJJDP expects successful applicants to develop and implement a sustainability plan during the grant period to continue operation of the family drug court when the grant ends. The program is authorized under 42 U.S.C. 3797u, et seq.
Fulton County Juvenile Court (FCJC) will utilize grant funds for Project COREE, an enhancement to the Family Dependency Drug Court (FDDC) program established in 2003. Project COREE-(C) connects family centered, coordinated services that assist with (O) overcoming barriers to sobriety and (R) reduces stressors with a goal of decreasing program drop-out rates during the first six months; an additional goal will address the (E) educational and (E) enrichment needs of FDDC children. FCJC will target woman ages 19-45 with children 12 and under, residing in Fulton County where the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) with a court case of deprivation with drug/alcohol abuse as the root of the neglect. An Early Intervention Program (EIP) Specialist will provide case management services to link clients to community-based quality of living resources that address issues of housing, employment, healthcare, and education during the early treatment phase and can be measured by a reduction in dropout rates. An Educational Advocate will develop individual education plans (IEP) and coordinate services for FDDC children to improve academic and pro-social outcomes that can be measured by successful completion of IEPs. CA/NCF