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Substance Abuse & Family Treatment Services

Family Preservation Court

Substance abuse and family treatment services are provided through the Family Preservation Court program.

A dependency case is filed on behalf of the dependent children to ensure their safety and protection. County Counsel represents the people of the state of California. A Social Worker with the Department of Public Social Services provides services and oversees the dependency case. Juvenile Defense Counsel may be appointed to represent the minors; separate counsel may be appointed to represent the parent(s) or guardian(s).

Family Preservation Court provides intensive services for families with parents suffering from substance abuse with a focus on child well-being.

Family Preservation Court targets families with a dependency case filed through the Post-Filing program and families at risk of losing their children due to abuse and neglect as a result of substance abuse through the Pre-Filing program.

More information on the Pre-Filing program (pdf )

More information on the Post-Filing program (pdf )