Program in Oregon for parents with substance use disorders who have child welfare cases with a focus on linking parents with treatment, reducing criminality, and improving child welfare
The Jackson County Community Family Court was implemented in July 2001. This program is designed to take a minimum of 12 months from participant entry to graduation. The program population consists of parents with admitted substance abuse allegations whose children are wards of the court.
Team members include three judges, a coordinator, prosecutor, defense attorney, treatment providers, DHS child protection representatives, case managers, domestic violence advocate, housing advocate, a representative from the Family Nurturing Center, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), and a CASA volunteer coordinator.
The goals of the program are to enroll parents in substance use treatment, reduce criminality of parents, and improve child welfare. Results are promising. More detailed information can be found here.