Preventing, Identifying, and Treating Substance Use Among Youth in Foster Care

Date: October 2020

Youth in foster care often face multiple challenges that place them at increased risk of using substances. This bulletin provides child welfare professionals with information about the extent and effects of substance use among youth in foster care, ways to identify substance use, how to support youth in care who currently use or are at high risk for using substances, and strategies for prevention. It also addresses why and how you can collaborate with professionals in other fields. 

Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2020). Preventing, identifying, and treating substance use among youth in foster care. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau. Author.

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