The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) can help families involved in care proceedings when there is parental substance misuse.
The court will provide parents with support to deal with the problems that led to the application for their child to be taken into care.
Experts attached to the court work with parents to help them overcome their problems while the court case is being decided. They will develop a support and treatment programme designed to meet the different needs of each family and will appoint a key worker in the team to work directly with parents and arrange the services in their treatment plan.
The plan will see what is possible for each family to achieve and could remove a child from their parents’ care. The process is designed to help parents change their behaviour so they can safely care for their children.
The judge overseeing the case will hold regular meetings with parents to check how they are progressing and to provide advice and encourage change.