Participants in recovery program graduate

Sheila Barrera, Safe Baby Court Coordinator for Coffee County Recovery Courts

Coffee County Safe Baby Court and Family Treatment Court programs will hold a graduation ceremony via Zoom Monday, Oct. 26.

“There are five participants graduating from Safe Baby Court and two participants graduating from Family Treatment Court,” said Sheila Barrera, Safe Baby Court Coordinator for Coffee County Recovery Courts.”

Barrera said that’s a significant achievement for the graduates.

“Safe Baby Court is important to help ensure that the bond and attachment between parents and children from birth to 3 years old remains intact to prevent further trauma to the children,” Barrera said.

Family Treatment Court aims to repair the relationship between older children and their parents to prevent any further trauma, she said.

“In SBC and FTC the goal is to reunite families when possible and to reduce trauma for the children,” Barrera said. “SBC’s main goal is permanency for the children, whether it is reunification, adoption, or permanent guardianship. SBC and FTC offer parents the chance to remain clean and sober and heal the trauma they have suffered in order to prevent generational cycles of neglect and trauma that can lead to addiction.”

Safe Baby Court and Family Treatment Court offer participants a way to change their life which in turn changes their children’s lives, added Barrera.

The programs are free to participants.

“Many people cannot afford treatment and many do not know how to ask for help,” Barrera said. “Many of our participants have never had anyone believe in them before and therefore do not believe in themselves; these courts offer hope and show that sobriety is achievable. SBC and FTC are more than alcohol and drug treatment, they are about finding a better way to live.

“The requirements of these courts are demanding; besides alcohol and drug treatment, participants are required to have individual therapy, parenting, life skills, family counseling, be employed, have a stable home, and complete a budgeting course.”

The event is set for 3 p.m., Oct. 26 and can be accessed at

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