Safe Baby and Family Treatment Courts to hold graduation

Sheila Barrera serves as coordinator of the Coffee County Safe Baby Court. The program helps individuals with addiction and mental issues by offering assistance to their families. Coffee County Safe Baby Court and Family Treatment Court will hold a graduation ceremony 2 p.m., June 5, at the Coffee County Justice Center.

Coffee County Safe Baby Court and Family Treatment Court will hold a graduation 2 p.m., June 5, at the Coffee County Justice Center.

“This is the third graduation for Safe Baby Court and the third for Family Treatment Court,” said Sheila Barrera, Safe Baby Court coordinator for Coffee County Recovery Courts. Safe Baby Court, one of the programs under the umbrella of Coffee County Drug Court Foundation, helps individuals with addiction and mental issues by offering assistance to their families.

Six graduates will celebrate their achievements – an accomplishment showing the participants’ efforts to ensure their children grow up in a safe environment.  

“There are two women graduating in Family Treatment Court, and there are two married couples graduating in Safe Baby Court - total of six graduates. A total of 14 children were returned to their parents.”

Barrera commended participants in the program for their efforts.

“Parents can get better with treatment and break the cycle of neglect, abuse, trauma, and addiction,” Barrera said. “When treatment includes a family-centered approach and encompasses attachment, knowledge of parenting and child development, social connections, concrete supports, healthy family relationships, therapy for the children and family, and (for the) parents substance abuse issues, reunification is not only possible but the entire family’s future is changed.”

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