The Delaware Family Treatment Court Program is a comprehensive strategy to effectively link the court system and community substance abuse treatment services in order to assist in the reunification of children with their parents.

Mission Statement
The Delaware County Family Treatment Courts effectively intervene with parental substance abuse through systematic and coordinated supervision, treatment and case planning; supporting substance free lifestyles, reducing criminal behavior, and assisting in the development of healthier families and a safer community.

The Delaware County Treatment Court initiative seeks to link alcohol and drug treatment and related services to the parents of abused, neglected, and/or dependent children. The program seeks to make services available in a timely manner to parents who have been required by the court to have drug and alcohol assessments or treatment.

Our programmatic goals are to increase the speed with which cases are processed; the level and consistency of supervision; increased access to appropriate treatment; and increase the level of social functioning of the adults.

Family Treatment Court Services

Treatment services will be provided primarily by Maryhaven and Recovery and Prevention Resources. The participant’s needs will determine the level of treatment services. Recovery and Prevention Resources and Maryhaven have an extensive continuum of outpatient care for substance abuse. Treatment services range from, but are not limited to, weekly individual counseling, intensive outpatient, weekly or daily group counseling, and relapse prevention.

The goals of program participants are to:

  • Be alcohol/drug free
  • Demonstrate cooperation and follow through with their treatment plan
  • Work towards reunification
  • Follow guidelines of the established case plan

Adult Incentives and Sanctions

Incentives and sanctions will be applied by the Magistrate to encourage each participant’s success in treatment. Graduated sanctions will be utilized for non-compliance with treatment. Positive rewards for compliance are considered equally important to sanctions.

Program Eligibility

To be accepted into the Treatment Court Program, families of participants must be receiving services with the Department of Jobs and Family Services for abuse, neglect and/or dependency, have a background of drug and/or alcohol abuse or have been ordered for a drug and alcohol assessment. Participants who have a significant history of violent crimes are not eligible for the program.


Contact Treatment Court

Lauren Souza
Treatment Court Coordinator

740-833-2642
lsouza@co.delaware.oh.us