Superior Court expands substance-abuse treatment and parenting program 

The San Francisco Superior Court will be the first family drug court to expand and serve parents with children in long-term foster care placements as well as incarcerated parents seeking a second chance to reunite with their children. 

The drug court was recently awarded a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to expand its Dependency Drug Court operations to serve this population.

DDC is a court-supervised treatment and parenting program for parents involved in the child welfare system, promoting healthy, long-term reunification by supporting parents to address their substance abuse issues.

In San Francisco, 38 percent of children in foster care for more than 12 months will have two or more placements, according to the San Francisco Superior Court. Through this enhancement, the Superior Court seeks to decrease the number of children in unstable foster care placements and increase the rate of family reunification.

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