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Blending Perspectives and Building Common Ground: A Report to Congress on Substance Abuse and Child Protection

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, 1999. Section 405 of the Adoption and Safe Families Act requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to prepare a Report to Congress on substance abuse and child protection describing: (1) the extent and scope of the problem of substance abuse in the child welfare population; (2) the types of services provided to this population; (3) the effectiveness of these services; and (4) recommendations for legislative changes needed to improve service coordination. This document fulfills this legislative mandate.

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Protecting Children in Substance-Abusing Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, 1994. This manual is intended to help professionals in the fields of child welfare, mental health, health care, education, law, the faith community, and substance abuse prevention and treatment identify the various forms of parental substance abuse, assess the strengths and needs of families affected by alcohol and/or other drug abuse, develop service plans, and provide intervention. The manual includes a section addressing the identification of substance-abusing clients, a review of the characteristics of substance-abusing parents and the risks to children growing up in these households, a discussion of the legal issues related to child maltreatment and parental substance abuse, a description of approaches to family assessment, and a summary of innovative intervention programs and service delivery strategies.

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