The Pima County Family Drug Court was recognized for its excellent work last month at a national symposium. The Pima County FDC, along with four other family drug courts nationwide, was recognized by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Children and Family Futures as one of the premiere family drug courts in the country.
Founded eleven years ago by the Pinal County Juvenile Court Center, the FDC addresses the unique needs of cases that involve drug-addicted parents accused of abusing or neglecting their children. The Pinal County FDC utilizes a unique program that incorporates frequent meetings with the judge, intensive case management, specialized treatment, and counseling meant to encourage parents and children to communicate and begin to re-establish trust. The process is designed to be a positive one for both parents and children. Parents who go through the FDC system receive positive reinforcement for meeting goals, completing treatments, and progressing through the systems three different levels. Remarkably, the FDC’s system has proven remarkably successful, with its graduates vastly outperforming parents who go through normal CPS systems.
This recent honor will help the Pima County Family Drug Court continue to receive the funding and recognition it needs to continue its good work. With the national spotlight on Arizona and the FDC’s proven track record, perhaps we will see other jurisdictions begin to implement similar courts of their own.
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Family drug court history. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.pcjcc.pima.gov/drugcourthistory.html
Fdc program description. (2008, December). Retrieved from http://www.pcjcc.pima.gov/Completed FDC/FDC Program Description.pdf
Smith, K. (2012, October 03). Juvenile court recieives big honor. Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved from http://azstarnet.com/news/blogs/courthouse/juvenile-court-receives-big-honor/article_0f4bfc56-0d75-11e2-8681-001a4bcf887a.html
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