New Approaches for Working with Children and Families Involved in Family Treatment Drug Courts: Findings from the Children Affected by Methamphetamine Program

Child Welfare

Vol. 94, No. 4 (2015)


Rodi, M. S., Killian, C. M., Breitenbucher, P., Young, N. K., Amatetti, S., Bermejo, R., & Hall, E.

This is a descriptive study of the Children Affected by Methamphetamine (CAM) grant program, a federally funded effort to improve outcomes through the addition of targeted interventions for 1,940 families, including 2,596 adults and 4,245 children involved in 12 diverse Family Treatment Drug Courts (FTDCs) located across six U.S. states. The majority were children of parents with a primary methamphetamine use disorder. Findings reflect grantees’ reporting on 18 performance indicators of child safety and permanency, adult recovery, and family well-being. Additional information gleaned from grantees’ biannual reports provides insights about program implementation. Results, drawn from this large and complex dataset, indicate that comprehensively addressing families’ needs is associated with better outcomes than those experienced by similarly-situated families in grantees’ communities and the nation overall. In addition to describing common program components and outcomes, this article presents important lessons learned about implementing evidence-based children’s services in the FTDC context, as well as future directions for research and evaluation in this arena.