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What is the Family Recovery Court
Williamson County’s Family Recovery Court (FRC) is an alternative to the traditional processing of CPS cases involving moderate to severe substance abuse. The FRC centers on a collaborative court model that facilitates work between the court system and community partners in cases where substance abuse has led to the removal of a child from their home. Parents who are ready to embrace meaningful life change, the court system, and community partners work in concert toward the common goal of a healthy and permanent reunification of the family.
Meet the Team

The Bridge Model

The FRC reunifies the family by utilizing a three-phase service plan known as the Bridge Model. The three phases of the model are designed to transfer trust between participants by providing the family with clear goals and objectives, addressing the individual needs of each family member and the family as a whole, and creating a cohesive and collaborative relationship between members of the FRC team.

Treatment Counseling Reunification
  • Accurate drug evaluation
  • Drug treatment
  • In/out-patient services
  • Sober living houses
  • 12-step programs
  • Identification of triggers
  • Meaningful psych assessment
  • Tailored counseling
  • Support groups
  • Ongoing substance abuse counseling
  • Proactive parenting
  • Build intentional family
  • In-home counseling
  • Parent mentoring
  • Parent support groups
  • Intentional family
  • Continue trauma counseling
  • Continue sobriety practices
  • Relapse prevention plan

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Program Goals

The Family Recovery Court is focused on providing early access to treatment and support by a trauma-informed team through a non-adversarial approach.  The goal is to provide an alternative approach to Child Welfare (CPS) cases and to support the healthy reunification of families in our community.

Is this program right for my client/me?

  • Is the primary concern parental drug use or dual diagnosis of substance abuse and mental illness?
  • Do the parents acknowledge their drug problem?
  • Is there a need for intensive services (i.e., in-patient treatment, regular drug testing, wrap-around services)?
  • Have the parents asked for help, or are they willing to accept help?

If you can answer YES to the above questions, we may be able to help.  Read on for more information on the criteria for participation and the application/selection process.

Criteria for Participation

Selection Criteria:

The FRC is focused on parents with a moderate to severe substance use disorder, including those needing intensive services to maintain sobriety (i.e., in-patient treatment, regular drug testing, wrap-around services). The parents must be motivated to change or at least understand their substance use is a problem. The program is NOT designed for cases involving sexual or physical abuse perpetrated against children.

Selection Process:

If you think a family is appropriate for the Family Recovery Court, please take the following actions:

1. Send your report to the FRC team at frc@wilco.org.; and

2. Tell the family to expect a call from the FRC Case Manager within 1-2 business days

Application & Selection Process

If you are an attorney or CPS Caseworker involved with a pending CPS case, or if you have a case that may be eligible for FRC, please contact the FRC Case Manager at frc@wilco.org.

If you are a party in a CPS case (i.e., a parent), please ask your attorney or caseworker for more information or to contact the FRC Case Manager for you.

Cases are screened, and if a case is appropriate, the FRC Case Manager will contact the parent(s) and their attorney.

If a parent shows interest, an FRC attorney will be appointed to advise them of the benefits of acceptance.

There will be a staffing process and a meeting between the potential participant(s) and the team and, ultimately, the team will make a recommendation on acceptance to the Court. The Court then decides whether to approve admission into FRC.