CFTs For Probation Families: Overcoming the Obstacles


Monday, August 19, 2019
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Session Type: Workshop

Child and Family Team Meetings (CFTs) can be an invaluable resource for any department. However, obstacles and complications can arise that can prevent CFTs from being productive. This workshop attempts to identify and discuss such obstacles, especially those specific to meetings between probation youth, their families, and the departments. As part of this process, participants will be asked to discuss their own personal and/or departmental experiences with CFTs, but attendance in this session is strongly encouraged whether the participants have had previous experience participating in such meetings. The goal of this workshop is to create a dialogue and share ideas that can enhance everyone’s experience with CFTs moving forward.


Christopher Van Orden
CCR Specialist, Napa County Probation

Chris Van Orden is currently a Probation Officer in Napa County where he has worked in a variety of caseloads during the past 10 years. Chris is currently the CCR Specialist for Napa, where he works with the department on implementing necessary reforms. Chris has provided trainings on several topics; most recently, he has coordinated with CPOC to offer an Advanced Placement Training for Placement Officers. However, Chris’ priority is Child Family Team Facilitation. He facilitates CFTs for Napa Probation as well as numerous other agencies. Chris also works closely with Napa Child Welfare on the Resource Family Team.