Increasing family reunification for substance-abusing mothers and their children: Comparing two drug court interventions in Miami

Gayle A. Dakof, Judge Jeri B. Cohen, Eliette Duarte

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This study provides a quasi-experimental test of 80 consecutive enrollments in the Miami-Dade (Florida) Dependency Drug Court in order to examine the impact of a family-based and gender specific intervention, Engaging Moms Program (EMP), on drug court graduation and family reunification. We compared EMP with case management services (CMS). Results indicated that 72% of mothers in the EMP graduated from drug court, and 70% were reunified with their children. In contrast, 38% of mothers receiving CMS graduated from drug court, and 40% were reunited with their children. EMP, then, appears to be a promising family drug court intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-23
Number of pages13
JournalJuvenile and Family Court Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009


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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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