Collaboration among the courts and the substance abuse and child welfare systems can improve services for children, youth, and families. Find resources to help improve collaboration among these three systems, including State and local examples.
Child Welfare, Substance Use Disorders, and Dependency Courts: A Cross-System Annotated Bibliography
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (2009)
Identifies literature on cross-system issues involving substance abuse and child welfare practice, family court and criminal justice involvement, perinatal and family services, prevalence and systems planning, and more. (PDF - 692 KB)
The Collaborative Practice Model for Family Recovery, Safety and Stability (PDF - 1976 KB)
Children and Family Futures (2011)
Identifies 10 system linkage elements that child welfare, substance abuse treatment, and juvenile court dependency systems, as well as other agencies and providers working with these systems, can use to collaborate with one another.
The Impact of Traumatic Stress and Alcohol Exposure on Youth: Implications for Lawyers, Judges, and Courts (PDF - 908 KB)
Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal, 11(2), 2007
Explores the practical implications for representing clients in child welfare and juvenile justice cases given the impact of childhood trauma and exposure to alcohol abuse on children's functioning. The article includes strategies for communicating with and counseling youth, investigating a child's history of trauma, ensuring appropriate services are provided to the child, and more.
Introduction to Cross-System Data Sources in Child Welfare, Alcohol and Other Drug Services, and Courts (PDF - 1162 KB)
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2011)
Describes the primary data-reporting systems used by each service system. The goal of the report is to help management and administrative personnel develop or improve cross-system relationships.
Parental Substance Abuse, Child Protection and ASFA: Implications for Policy Makers and Practitioners: Executive Summary (PDF - 90 KB)
ABA Center on Children and the Law (2005)
Explores how dependency courts are making permanency decisions for children of substance abusers under the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (ASFA) and makes four policy and practice recommendations based on the results of the study.
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
Provides access to free online tutorials that support and facilitate collaboration among the courts and the child welfare and substance abuse treatment systems.
Building Bridges Between the Courts, Child Welfare, and Alcohol and Drug Services: A Case Study in Lakeport, California (PDF - 261 KB)
Hatton, Hafer, & Brooks (2010)
Outlines the contributions of child welfare services in Lakeport, CA, to the Northern California Regional Partnership and its work to improve services for families affected by methamphetamine and other drug use through the Safe and Stable Families Federal grant program.
The Collaborative Practice Model for Family Recovery, Safety and Stability (PDF - 1930 KB)
Children and Family Futures (2011)
Discusses 10 system linkage elements that child welfare, substance abuse treatment, and juvenile court dependency systems, as well as other agencies and providers working with these systems, should use to collaborate with one another. The practice model highlights best practice examples to guide communities and agencies in tailoring cross-system collaborations.
Gearing Up to Improve Outcomes for Families: New York State Collaborative Practice Guide for Managers and Supervisors in Child Welfare, Chemical Dependency Services, and Court Systems (PDF - 471 KB)
New York Partnership for Family Recovery (2008)
Highlights opportunities to coordinate case planning and service delivery, develop collaborative tools and strategies to incorporate into daily practice protocols, share information effectively, and establish mechanisms for joint problem-solving and success-sharing.