Family Recovery Court

Family Recovery Court
  1. Physical Address
    405 Martin Luther King Street
    Georgetown, TX 78626

  2. Nadia Castilla

    Case Manager, Family Recovery Court

Williamson County’s Family Recovery Court (FRC) is an alternative to the traditional processing of CPS cases involving moderate to severe substance abuse. The FRC centers on a collaborative court model that facilitates work between the court system and community partners in cases where substance abuse has led to the removal of a child from their home. Parents who are ready to embrace meaningful life change, the court system, and community partners work in concert toward the common goal of a healthy and permanent reunification of the family.

The Bridge Model

The FRC reunifies the family by utilizing a three-phase service plan known as the Bridge Model. The three phases of the model are designed to transfer trust between participants by providing the family with clear goals and objectives, addressing the individual needs of each family member and the family as a whole, and creating a cohesive and collaborative relationship between members of the FRC team.

Phase 1:  Treatment

Accurate drug evaluation

Drug TreatmentInpatient/Outpatient Services
Sober living 12-step programsIdentification of triggers


Phase 2:  Counseling

Meaningful psychological/psychiatric assessmentIndividually tailored counselingTrust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Support groups

Ongoing substance abuse counselingProtective Parenting classes
Building Intentional family



Phase 3:  Reunification

In-home counseling

Parent mentoringParent support groups
Intentional familyContinued trauma counseling

Continued sobriety practices
Relapse prevention planning




The Family Recovery Court is focused on providing early access to treatment and support by a trauma-informed team through a non-adversarial approach. The goal is to provide an alternative approach to Child Welfare (CPS) cases and to support the healthy reunification of families in our community.

Helpful Documents

Partner Organizations

The Family Recovery Court is an example of what happens when public sector collaborates with community partners to promote success.  We are fortunate to have a dedicated, multi-disciplinary team that goes beyond court and traditional government agencies, and includes private and not-for-profit organizations.  All of our partners work alongside us toward the shared objective of supporting parents so that they can permanently bring their children back into a healthy home.  Our team includes inpatient treatment providers, counselors, occupational therapists, parent coaches, parent educators, housing providers, and academics, all of whom are helping us develop the Bridge Model.

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