Cross-System Collaboration | Child and Family Teaming

Family, juvenile, and dependency courts participate in the cases of children who come to the attention of the child welfare system through allegations of child abuse, neglect, or both and for whom the child welfare agency is seeking court oversight.In some locations, the dependency court is involved with child welfare cases that are served in the home (i.e., the child has not been placed in out-of-home care). Dependency courts are involved in all cases in which children are removed from the home and are placed in protective custody

The video below features the 10-Element Framework: Elements of System Linkages, developed by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) to help States, Tribal, and local communities overcome barriers and identify strategies to facilitate effective partnership between mental health services, substance use treatment, child welfare, and family courts. NCSACW is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF).


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