|Posted on November 17, 2016 at 12:20 AM|
Hall County Family Treatment Court Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Hall County Family Treatment Court observed its 10th anniversary on October 19, 2016 with a family celebration at Jaemor Farms. Sponsored by Carriage Nissan and Friends of Recovery, the event was an opportunity to recognize the program’s 66 graduates, 18 drug-free babies, 28 current participants, past and present team members, and community supporters.
Following a presentation by Judge Alison Toller, who presides over the program, and Retired Judge Cliff Jolliff, who started the program, families were treated to dinner, fried apple pies, kettle corn, hayrides, and the corn maze.
Family Treatment Court was started to address the plight of abused and neglected children who have substance abusing parents. This venture involves an unprecedented collaboration between Juvenile Court, the Department of Family and Children Services, Hall-Dawson Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and Avita Community Partners, an agency that receives state money to provide substance abuse treatment in our community. Family Treatment Court works intensively to prevent unnecessary foster care placement of children and expedited return to a safe, stable drug-free home for those children who are in foster care. Parents voluntarily enter the 18-month-long program and, once in, they are ordered to appear in court twice monthly, attend intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment and life skills training, submit to random and frequent drug screens, and are subject to unannounced home visits at any time by law enforcement officers. Our goal is to ensure the safety and health of children who have experienced the dark side of substance abuse through no fault of their own. We provide parents an opportunity to receive the services and treatment they need to claim a life more productive than they likely have ever known which in turn will strengthen our community by developing drug- free healthy families.