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The Celebrating Families!™ curriculum is an evidence based cognitive behavioural, support group model written for families in which one or both parents have a serious problem with alcohol or other drugs and in which there is a high risk for domestic violence, child abuse, or neglect. Celebrating Families!™ works with every member of the family, from ages 3 through adult, to strengthen recovery from alcohol and/or other drugs, break the cycle of addiction and increase successful family reunification. Celebrating Families!™ fosters the development of safe, healthy, fulfilled, and addiction-free individuals and families by increasing resiliency factors and decreasing risk factors while incorporating addiction recovery concepts with healthy family living skills.

Celebrating Families!™ was created at the request of Judge P. Leonard Edwards II, Supervising Judge of the Santa Clara County, California, juvenile dependency court; Past President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and recipient of the 2004 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence by the National Center for State Courts. The model was piloted in Santa Clara County as part of a series of services funded by a SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) grant.

In 2007, Celebrating Families!™ was acquired by the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) to promote and disseminate this evidence-based program across the country. As of Fall 2008, Celebrating Families!™ has been successfully replicated in six California counties, 16 states and two sites in Canada.

In August 2008, Celebrating Families!™ was listed on the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Effective Programs and Practices (NREPP). For the complete write up, see NREPP website.

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