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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A national group is lauding the work of the Jackson County Family Drug Court.
Last month, Children and Family Futures, which advises courts contracted with the Justice Department, said the county's program was one of top five drug courts in the country.
The Kansas City Star reports Jackson County's court was one of the first in the country to make child abuse and neglect part of the treatment for drug-addicted parents.
That emphasis has been adopted by many drug courts since Jackson County's started in 1998.
Parents who have abused or neglected their children must complete a rigorous program of drug and alcohol treatment before they are reunited with their children.
The national group says Jackson County provides immediate treatment because of strong cooperation between public and private groups.
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