About the Court
Hall County Family Treatment Court began operations in 2006 to address the plight of abused and neglected children who have substance abusing parents. This venture involves an unprecedented collaboration between:
Avita Community Partners, an agency that receives state money to provide substance abuse treatment in our community
Hall-Dawson Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Our program is based on the belief that addiction is a chronic and potentially fatal disease creating one of the most serious health and legal problems in the United States today. 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.
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.
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
Subject to unannounced home visits at any time by law enforcement officers