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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, July 13, 2019 1:00 am

Fund set for Family Recovery Court

Addresses addiction's effect on parenting

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

In a unanimous vote Friday, the Allen County commissioners approved the creation of the Family Recovery Court Fund to handle $25,000 in grant money to support the new program.

Allen Superior Court's Family Relations Division launched Family Recovery Court in February. The court, the eighth of its kind in Indiana, hears cases involving families with children who have been found by the court to need help because of abuse or neglect by parents or guardians struggling with addiction.

Magistrate Sherry Hartzler told the commissioners the grant funding will allow the Family Recovery Court to expand its services.

“We're using these particular funds to bring additional programming to the Allen County Family Recovery Court related to substance abuse, parent-child counseling and services addressing specifically trauma related to substance abuse,” she said.

“This grant funding will also allow us to expand the number of participants, parents and children that we serve as well.”

The Family Recovery Court has been operating for six months, Hartzler said, and has seen “some incredible results and some successes in light of challenging circumstances.”

Family Recovery Court operates in three phases, Hartzler said. The first is detoxification from substances, followed by addressing employment and housing issues and pursuing sustained recovery. The third phase is removing barriers that may prevent reunification of families, she said.

Throughout the process, Family Recovery Court works with local mental health providers Park Center and Phoenix and Associates to provide programming to participants.

“The title of the program is called Celebrating Families, but it's a particular parent-child therapy model, which is something we felt we were missing,” Hartzler said.

dgong@jg.net