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
NIDA Prevention Principles & Celebrating Families!
Family-Centered Interventions for Substance Abuse in Hispanic Communities
UN Family Skills Program Principles & Celebrating Families!