Parental Substance Use: A Primer for Child Welfare Professionals

Date: January 2021
Parental Substance Use: A Primer for Child Welfare Professionals

Author(s): Information Gateway

Year Published: 2021

File Size: 446 KB

Child welfare professionals can play a critical role in helping identify possible substance use disorders (SUDs) and supporting families in overcoming barriers to safety and permanency related to substance use. This factsheet reviews what SUDs are, how parental substance use affects families, and how child welfare professionals can support these families. It also considers how collaboration between child welfare professionals and SUD treatment providers, as well as others, is an essential component to assisting families. This factsheet is intended to serve as a brief primer on the intersection of parental SUDs and child welfare rather than a comprehensive guide. Additional information and resources are provided throughout to help readers explore the topic in more detail. 

Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2021). Parental substance use: A primer for child welfare professionals. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau.

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