Collaboration Between the Substance Abuse and Child Welfare Systems
Families involved with the public child welfare system frequently struggle with substance abuse. Substance abuse and child welfare agencies that collaborate can improve service delivery to families challenged by substance abuse and child maltreatment issues.
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
Works to develop knowledge and provide technical assistance to Federal, State, and local agencies and Tribes to improve outcomes for families with substance use disorders in the child welfare and family court systems. NCSAW offers online tutorials for specific target audiences and a webinar series.
|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 ...|
Being Successful: Meaningful Collaboration to Improve Outcomes for Families With Substance Use Disorders, Part 1
Moving Forward: Using Tools and Technical Assistance
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare & National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (2008)
Presents a teleconference with highlights of resources available to agencies through the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, and how these resources improve services to families affected by substance abuse. Also available: Part 2 States and Communities Sharing Their Experiences: Strength and Hope for Recovery for Children and Families.
Bringing Families Together: Models of Hope and Recovery [Video]
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2012)
Highlights programs benefiting from a 10-element framework for strengthening linkages among child welfare, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and court systems to improve outcomes for children and families.
Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Checklist for Child Protective/Child Welfare Services (PDF - 123 KB)
U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy (2011)
Identifies information that should be shared between law enforcement and child protective services when parental substance abuse is present, including circumstances leading to the referral, signs of neglect, medical care needs, placement, and documentation of evidence.
Identifying Mental Health and Substance Use Problems of Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Child-Serving Organizations (PDF - 2970 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.
Inter-Agency Collaboration: Policy and Practice in Child Welfare and Substance Abuse Treatment
Smith & Mogro-Wilson
Administration in Social Work, 32(2), 2008
Provides an overview, from multilevel models, of results that suggest that the level of collaborative practice varies within organizations and that staff perceptions of policy toward collaboration are a stronger predictor of collaborative practice than are administrator reports of agency policy toward collaboration.
The Role of Interagency Collaboration for Substance-Abusing Families Involved With Child Welfare
Green, Rockhill, & Burrus
Child Welfare, 87(1), 2008
Explores how the collaborative process works to benefit families and explains the barriers and supports for building successful collaborations.
Pathways to Collaboration: Factors That Help and Hinder Collaboration Between Substance Abuse and Child Welfare Fields (PDF - 1096 KB)
California Social Work Education Center (2008)
Provides a curriculum of relevant research and findings in five sections, as well as present models of promising practice, to explore the factors that help or hinder interagency collaborations. Also see PowerPoint.
Recovering Together Program: Curriculum Guide: Substance Abuse Treatment for Women and Their Families (PDF - 7782 KB)
Rocky Mountain Quality Improvement Center (2007)
Describes a curriculum, the Recovering Together Program, designed for substance abuse treatment providers and their child welfare colleagues, and provides a detailed outline of the curriculum for adult group sessions.
|Substance Abuse Specialists in Child Welfare Agencies and Dependency Courts: Considerations for Program Designers and Evaluators.|
|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 - 58 pages|
|This paper focuses on the placing of substance abuse specialists in either child welfare offices or dependency courts. The purpose of co-locating substance abuse specialists is to ensure that parents are assessed as quickly as possible, to improve parent engagement and retention in treatment, to streamline entry into treatment, and to provide consultation to child welfare and dependency court workers. In addition to briefly describing substance abuse specialist programs and their various components, this paper includes findings from eight qualitative interviews of programs that place substance abuse specialists in child welfare offices or dependency courts. The interviews highlight ways in ...|