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Protecting Children in Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders
This manual provides an overview of how child welfare and other related professionals can assist families affected by substance use disorders (SUDs), which also often may be referred to as "substance abuse." It is part of the Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series, which is published by the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The manual addresses the nature of SUDs; the impact of parental SUDs on children; in-home examination, screening, and assessment for SUDs; treatment of SUDs, and the role of child protective services (CPS) caseworkers when an SUD is identified. It also explores the differences and similarities between CPS and SUD treatment providers and how they can make the systems work for families. The primary target audience for this publication is CPS caseworkers, but substance use disorder treatment providers may find it helpful in building their understanding of child welfare issues among families with whom they work. This manual is an update of Protecting Children in Substance-Abusing Families, which was published in 1994.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 Purpose and Overview
CHAPTER 2 The Nature of Substance Use Disorders
CHAPTER 3 How Parental Substance Use Disorders Affect Children
CHAPTER 4 In-home Examination, Screening, and Assessment of Substance Use Disorders
CHAPTER 5 Treating Substance Use Disorders
CHAPTER 6 The Role of Child Protective Services When Substance Use Disorders Are Identified
CHAPTER 7 Child Protective Services and Substance Use Disorde r Treatment Providers: Similarities and Differences
CHAPTER 8 Putting It Together: Making the Systems Work for Families
APPENDIX A Glossary of Terms
APPENDIX B Resource Listings of Selected National Organizations Concerned with Child Maltreatment and/or Substance Use Disorders
APPENDIX C State Telephone Numbers for Reporting Child Maltreatment
APPENDIX D Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Criteria1
APPENDIX E Commonly Abused Substances
APPENDIX F Commonly Used Screening Instruments
APPENDIX G State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families Substance Abuse Screening and Information Form
APPENDIX H Memorandums of Understanding1
APPENDIX I Confidentiality and the Release of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Information
APPENDIX J Sample Qualified Service Organization Agreement and Consent Form
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2009). Protecting children in families affected by substance use disorders. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.
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