What We Do

Family Support

Courts & Child Welfare

The Superior Court and Child Welfare Initiative focuses on our county’s most vulnerable children and their families who are involved in the Family, Juvenile Justice, and Dependency Systems as well as concurrent involvement with other courts.

Click on the chart below to learn more about the key services and supports that are integrated into the Superior Court and Child Welfare System.

Materials for Families

FIRST 5 Supportive Services Brochure

This brochure details the supportive services families can access through the Court and Child Welfare Systems.

English  |  Spanish

Family Court Flyers

This flyer provides families with a list of services available through Family Court and connects them to Family Support Specialists.

English  |  Spanish  |  Vietnamese

Superior Court and Child Welfare Systems

Serving families in the Superior Court and Child Welfare system provides a unique opportunity for parents and caregivers to access the supports and resources they need to strengthen their skills and abilities to promote their children’s optimal development and provide safe, stable, and loving homes.

FIRST 5’s partnership with the Superior Court began in 2002, serving children and families in only one Family Court location. Based on the success of the initial partnership, the FIRST 5 Commission approved an expansion of services that now includes five Family Court locations, the Juvenile Justice Court and the Juvenile Dependency Court. 

Family Court

FIRST 5 supports families in accessing services they could otherwise not afford, including supervised visitation subsides, drug court treatment coordinators, and case managers to ensure families understand, access, and comply with court ordered services.

Family Support Specialists also provide developmental screenings and needs assessments, while connecting families to FIRST 5 and community programs.  Staff is stationed in each of the Family Court Houses to connect directly on-site with families and to receive referrals.

Juvenile Justice

Family Support Specialists provide support services for pregnant and parenting teens involved with Juvenile Justice Court.  They provide developmental screenings and needs assessments, while connecting families to FIRST 5 and community programs.


In January 2013, the grant- funded Family Wellness Court for Infants and Toddlers project went to scale in the Santa Clara County Dependency Court System and was renamed Dependency Wellness Court. This expansion allows essential services to be effectively coordinated and delivered across all agencies for parents/caregivers with substance abuse issues and their children, regardless of age, while maintaining a focus on children birth though age 5.

Children and families involved in the Child Welfare System have access to home visitation services with a Public Health Nurse who provides nursing assessments and developmental and social-emotional screenings and referrals.

Family Support Specialists

Family Support Specialists provide support services for parents and caregivers and children involved with Family Court and for pregnant and parenting teens involved with Juvenile Justice Court.

Specialists help families navigate the complexities of the court service system and strengthen positive parenting skills through the Triple P Positive Parenting program. They provide developmental and behavioral health screenings, coordinate referrals to KidConnections for further assessment and early intervention services, and connect parents to other community services, activities, and FIRST 5 Family Resource Centers. 

Public Health Nurses

Public Health Nurses provide care coordination and follow-up services to fully address the health and developmental needs of families and young children who are involved with the child welfare system.  These services include:

Additionally, PHNs provide intensive home visitation services for families with medically fragile infants. Nurses support these vulnerable families to ensure they develop the skills needed to care for their medically fragile young children, support their transition in placement or reunification, and connect families to specialized medical services.