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Family Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Program

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The Family Drug Court (FDC) TTA Program assists new and operational family drug courts with developing and implementing improved practices to increase program effectiveness and long-term participant success by providing a range of tailored TTA to:

  • Increase family-centered collaborative and evidence-based practices to prevent and reduce child victimization and concomitant delinquent behavior.
  • Facilitate and support the implementation of consistent, efficient, and effective case planning, monitoring, and supervision procedures.
  • Build capacity of family treatment courts to collect and report performance measures to identify and assess successes, gaps, and trends in case processing and service delivery.  

In addition to providing TTA, the FDC TTA Program provide virtual and peer learning opportunities through its FDC Practice Academy and Peer Learning Court Program.

Provider Organization

Children and Family Futures
Award Details


Customized TTA and expert professional consultation using a range of delivery approaches including:

  1.  Dissemination of TTA materials and resources including discipline-specific information tailored to requestors' needs and environment.
  2.  Delivery of virtual and in-person trainings on FDC best practices.
  3.  Administration of TTA tools to assess FDC implementation and enhancement successes and challenges and to identify policy and program strengths and opportunities for improvement.
  4.  Facilitation of peer-to-peer consultation to further the exchange of knowledge and innovative practices including peer-to-peer learning opportunities highlighting national best practices models for FDCs. 


  • Child's Attorney
  • Child Protection and Advocacy Professionals
  • Child Welfare Agency Attorney
  • Child Welfare Personnel
  • Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
  • Court Personnel
  • Defenders
  • Detention/Corrections Staff
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Families
  • Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
  • Juvenile Justice Specialists
  • Law Enforcement
  • Maternal and Child Health Professionals
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Mentoring Professionals
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Parent's Attorney
  • Public Health, Youth and Family Serving Agencies
  • Probation Officers
  • Prosecutors
  • School Personnel
  • Social Services
  • State Advisory Groups
  • Substance Abuse Professionals
  • Tribal Community
  • Volunteers
  • Youth
  • Youth Advocates
  • Youth Services Professionals


States, Tribes, counties, and jurisdictions seeking to:

  1. Use innovative strategies to improve outcomes for parents with substance use disorders and their children and families
  2. Start a family drug court (FDC) in their community
  3. Enhance current FDC practices and policies
  4. Institutionalize FDC best practices into larger dependency court systems



Interrelated brief series: These briefs will cover funding strategies, cost-effective strategies to evaluate and monitor outcomes of family treatment court (FTC) programs, and TTA trends in urban, suburban, and rural FTC programs and participants.

  • FTC standards training toolkit: This toolkit will include: 1) an FTC assessment tool to serve as a guide to shaping TTA requests and for FTCs to conduct self-assessments about their program operations and practices, and 2) FTC best practice standards training for implementing, operationalizing, and evaluating FTC programs based on the standards.
  • National FTC needs assessment: The national needs assessment will synthesize findings to inform future TTA based on existing knowledge and practice. 
  • 2022 FTC Practice Academy Series: This is a series of three standalone courses that each include exploration tools, a live conversation, and action plans. The three courses are: 1) Beyond a Program: Family Treatment Courts – Collaborative Partnerships for Improved Family Outcomes; 2) Beyond Compliance: Empowering Families to Build Recovery Capital for Sustained Recovery and Family Wellness; and 3) Beyond Counting: Strategies to Collect and (Actually) Use Your FTC Data.
  • FTC Online Tutorial: This online tutorial course delivers the most updated best practice and research for FTCs using a learning-friendly platform.
    FTC Self-Assessment- This tool will help FDCs assess their alignment to the FTC Best Practice Standards to identify priority TTA needs. 

Jane Pfeifer
Program Director, Family Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance
[email protected]

  • Ensuring Public Safety
  • Preventing Child Abuse, Neglect, and Victimization
  • Reducing Drug Use
  • Youth Development 

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Date Published: October 14, 2020