The purpose of this qualitative study was to gain a deeper understanding of a Family Treatment Drug Court (FTDC) Program in a Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) office by exploring staff experiences. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 staff who were currently working or had previously worked in the program.
Sobriety, reunification and parental insight were identified as the main goals of the FTDC program. Informal hearings, ongoing communication and collaboration were fundamental strategies utilized by the FTDC staff to promote desired outcomes. Reunification, recidivism, program completion and client changes were positive outcomes highlighted by the participants.
The research found elements of the FTDC program that can be adopted as best practices, as well as areas of improvement to better support families dealing with substance use issues in child welfare. Future legislation should consider adequately funding additional FTDC programs to make them more widely available.
|Advisor:||Chambers, Ruth M.|
|Commitee:||Brocato, Jo, Potts, Marilyn|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Child welfare, Department of Children and Family Services, Drug use, Family drug court, Family treatment drug court, Parental substance use|
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