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April 2, 2008

Family Treatment Court to Recognize New Graduates on April 2

The largest number of graduates ever to complete Family Treatment Court in Oswego County will be honored in a ceremony set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the Oswego County Courthouse, 25 E. Oneida St., Oswego.

Six people will graduate from the intensive program, which takes about a year to complete, and is designed to help parents and children affected by substance abuse. Parents are provided treatment, case management, and judicial monitoring during the course of the program. Children are provided counseling and other necessary services. This is the sixth year for Family Treatment Court; a total of 37 Oswego County residents have successfully completed the program.

The Hon. Judy Harris Kluger, who oversees all drug courts in the state, will be guest speaker at the graduation ceremony. Harris Kluger is Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, Operations and Planning, for the State of New York. Also in attendance will be the Hon. James C. Tormey, III, Administrative Judge for the Fifth Judicial District.

Oswego County's Family Treatment Court was the first of its kind in the Fifth Judicial District, which encompasses Oswego, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and Onondaga counties. It began operation in May 2002.

“Family Treatment Court takes a holistic approach, treating the entire family,” said Family Court Judge David Roman. “The goal of the program is to assist parents who have been charged with neglect to either retain custody of their children, or regain custody of their children who have been placed in foster care. The safety and best interest of the child is the paramount concern in each case.”

A reception will be held immediately following the event and the public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Resource Coordinator David Guyer at 349-8716.

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