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National Family Treatment Court (FTC) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program

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The National Family Treatment Court (FTC) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program provides a wide range of needs-based TTA access to states; state and local courts; Tribal governments; child welfare, SUD treatment, and criminal/juvenile justice system practitioners; and cross-systems collaborative governance structures at the state and local levels. 

The National FTC TTA Program will:

  • Incorporate language and references related to equity, inclusion, stigma, disproportionality, and disparities into the needs assessment process and materials.
  • Conduct a national assessment of FTC program strengths and barriers—along with FTC self-assessments—to inform the development of a TTA program strategic action plan.
  • Engage, assess, and respond to TTA requests from OJJDP FTC grantees and FTC practitioners.
  • Develop new (and update existing) FTC TTA resources that promote knowledge and application of current research and evidence-based policy and practice and reflect current language and references related to equity, inclusion, stigma, disproportionality, and disparities in FTCs and their cross-system partners.
  • Participate in quarterly calls with OJJDP's TTA providers to share knowledge on developing and implementing materials and TTA tools that improve public safety and outcomes for families affected by SUDs.
  • Develop and facilitate FTC trainings to support fidelity to the FTC BPS and implementation of improved practices and policies for participants and families.
  • Develop a marketing and dissemination plan to promote the National FTC TTA Program materials, resources, conferences, and training events.

Provider Organization

Children and Family Futures
Award Details


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

  • Dissemination of TTA materials and resources including discipline-specific information tailored to requestors' needs and environment.
  • Delivery of virtual and in-person trainings on FTC best practices.
  • Administration of TTA tools to assess FTC implementation and enhancement successes and challenges and to identify policy and program strengths and opportunities for improvement.
  • 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 FTCs.


  • Child Protection and Advocacy Professionals
  • Child Welfare Personnel
  • Court Personnel
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Families
  • Juvenile Justice Specialists
  • Law Enforcement
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Mentoring Professionals
  • Other
  • Social Services
  • State Advisory Groups
  • Substance Use 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 (SUD) and their children and families.
  2. Start a family treatment court (FTC) in their community.
  3. Enhance current FTC practices and policies.
  4. Institutionalize FTC best practices into larger dependency court systems.



Interrelated Brief Series: These briefs will cover important topics to FTC practitioners, starting with, Scaling Effective Practice to Meet the Need in Your Community. 

2023 FTC Practice Academy Series: This is a series of standalone courses that each include exploration tools, a live conversation, and action plans.

The courses are: 

  • Building Strong Futures: Increasing FTC Capacity and Scale.
  • Building Secure Futures: Bonding and Attachment Support for Parents and Their Infants Affected by Substance Use.

FTC Online Tutorial: This online tutorial course delivers the most updated best practice and research for FTCs using a learning-friendly platform.
FTC Best Practice Alignment Tool: This tool will help FTCs assess their alignment to the FTC Best Practice Standards to identify priority TTA needs.
National FTC Needs Assessment: The national needs assessment will synthesize findings to inform future TTA based on existing knowledge and practice.

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  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • Child Welfare System
  • Community-based Prevention
  • Crossover Youth
  • Data
  • Drug Courts
  • Evaluation
  • Evidence-based Practices
  • Family Courts
  • Family Drug Courts
  • Family Engagement
  • Foster Youth
  • Information
  • Mental Health
  • Performance Measures
  • Program Evaluation
  • Program Management
  • Program Operations
  • Protective Factors
  • Risk Factors
  • Specialty Courts
  • Trauma
  • Tribal Court
  • Tribal Law Enforcement
  • Tribal Youth
  • Youth Advocacy
  • Youth Involvement

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Date Published: October 14, 2020