Substance Use

The NCJFCJ recognizes the impact that alcohol and other drugs have on the children and families who come before our nation’s courts. The abuse of alcohol, drugs and other substances continues to be an underlying problem in the majority of juvenile and family court cases. An understanding of substance abuse and its effects on families is vital for all judges and other juvenile and family court personnel.

The NCJFCJ offers training, technical assistance, and publication on the topic of substance abuse by youth involved in the juvenile justice system. 

  • Request technical assistance
    Get answers to the question you have about how the courts are dealing with substance abuse by youth or parents. If you would like to submit a technical assistance request, please contact Eloisa Chaparro at
  • Browse publications
    The NCJFCJ has an extensive library of substance abuse-related publications.