The Duval County Family Treatment Court program was developed and implemented under the direction of the Fourth Judicial Circuit in 2003. Family Treatment Court is a partnership between the Courts, Family Support Services of North Florida, Children’s Legal Services, Guardian Ad Litem, Gateway Community Services and River Region Human Services. The Family Treatment Court program is a six to twelve month program designed to intervene in the lives of addicted parents with intensive substance abuse treatment, legal accountability, frequent court attendance, vocational/educational components and other resources needed to ensure permanent lifestyle change and hopefully assist in the reunification of parents with their children. This is all provided under intensive judicial monitoring which enhances treatment efforts, child safety and compliance with the child welfare case plan.
A full program description can be found in the Duval County Family Treatment Court Handbook (pdf)
When and Where
Duval County Family Treatment Court is held every Wednesday at 1:30pm, at the Duval County Courthouse, located at 501 West Adams Street, Courtroom 212, Jacksonville, Florida, 32202. Magistrate Kimber Strawbridge presides over the Family Treatment Court program. All Family Treatment Court proceedings are confidential.