Casework Practice With Families Affected by Substance Abuse
In working with families affected by substance abuse, child welfare workers begin by engaging the family through a nonjudgmental approach that communicates empathy and acknowledges the difficulty of discussing such an issue. Workers also must be skilled at developing partnerships with community service providers and the courts to build networks of support that will strengthen families and keep children safe. Strategies to increase the effectiveness of child-centered, family-focused casework practice focus on the following issues:
- Preventing child abuse and neglect
- Family engagement and retention
- Cultural competence
- Co-occurring issues
- Responding to substance-exposed newborns
- Permanency planning
- Worker safety
|Protecting Children in Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders|
|Author(s):||Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, ICF International.
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|Year Published:||2009 - 114 pages|
|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 ...|
|Understanding Substance Abuse and Facilitating Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Workers|
|Author(s):||National Center for Substance Abuse and Child Welfare., United States. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Breshears, Yeh, Young
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|Year Published:||2004 - 34 pages|
|This publication is intended for front line child welfare staff. It discusses the relationship of alcohol and drugs to families in the child welfare system; provides information on the biological, psychological, and social processes of alcohol and drug addiction to help staff recognize when substance abuse is a risk factor in their cases; describes strategies to facilitate and support alcohol and drug treatment and recovery; and explains the benefits of partnering with substance abuse treatment and dependency court systems to improve outcomes for children of parents with substance use disorders. (Author abstract)|
Case Management for Substance Abusing Parents and Their Children (PDF - 584 KB)
The Source: Newsletter of the National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center, 12(1), 2003
Addresses parental substance abuse and family reunification, casework practice with parents returning from prison, the power of parallel process in interventions with families affected by substance abuse, and juggling the multiple facets of case management with relative caregiver families.
Children in Substance-Abusing Families
In Social Work Practice With Children
Examines the role of the social worker in cases involving parental substance abuse and considerations when providing services and treatment.
|Drug Testing in Child Welfare: Practice and Policy Considerations.|
|Author(s):||National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare., United States. Children's Bureau., United States. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
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|Year Published:||2010 - 49 pages|
|The purpose of this paper is to guide child welfare agency policymakers in developing practice and policy protocols regarding the use of drug testing in child welfare practice. This guidance describes the practice and policy issues that policymakers must address to include drug testing in the comprehensive assessment and monitoring that child welfare agencies provide. The paper focuses primarily on drug testing of parents who come to the attention of child welfare agencies and courts through reports of child abuse or neglect. However, court practices and policies might use testing in other child welfare contexts. For example, drug testing might ...|
Identifying Mental Health and Substance Use Problems of Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Child-Serving Organizations (PDF - 2,970 KB)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2011)
Addresses approaches, methods, and strategies used to identify mental health and substance use problems of high-risk youths in settings that serve a broad spectrum of children and adolescents or a high-risk population.
NASW Standards for Social Work Practice With Clients With Substance Use Disorders (PDF - 189 KB)
National Association of Social Workers (2005)
Presents an overview of the NASW standards for social work practice, including standards for screening, placement, intervention, and more.
Through the Eyes of the Child: CJI-AOD Tool Kit—Catch the Vision! 20 Recommended Practices to Help Families in the Child Protection Court System With Alcohol and Other Drug Issues (PDF - 430 KB)
Minnesota Children's Justice Initiative (2006)
Recommends best practices for practitioners and supervisors to ensure that abused and neglected children involved in the child protection system have safe, stable, permanent families by improving parental and family recovery from alcohol or other drug problems.