Find programs and strategies to improve parenting skills and reduce risk factors for child abuse and neglect in families affected by substance abuse, including State and local examples.
Building Safety and Deepening Our Practice (PDF - 5,919 KB)
De Haan & Manion
Social Work Now: The Practice Journal of Child, Youth and Family, 47, 2011
Explores ways social work practitioners can work with families compromised by substance abuse to create safety plans and improve parenting skills.
Family Spirit Study
Walkup & Barlow (2011)
Evaluates the effects of an in-home parenting education program, Family Spirit, on parenting knowledge and skills and decreasing alcohol and substance use compared to a breastfeeding education.
Family Treatment Drug Courts
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
Provides information and resources to support States and communities that are implementing family treatment drug courts as a means to enhance family functionality and reunification.
Integrated Programs for Mothers With Substance Abuse Issues: A Systematic Review of Studies Reporting on Parenting Outcomes
Niccols, Milligan, Sword, Thabane, Henderson, & Smith (2012)
Harm Reduction Journal, 19(14)
Examines the effectiveness of integrated programs for mothers with substance abuse through a systematic review of studies published from 1990 to 2011 with data on parenting outcomes, reviews those outcomes, and highlights the need for improved methodology, study quality, and reporting to improve our understanding of how best to meet the parenting needs of women with substance abuse issues.
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
NCSACW develops and implements a comprehensive program of information gathering and dissemination, provides technical assistance, and develops knowledge that promotes effective practice, organizational, and system changes at the local, State, and national levels.
Prevention and Drug Treatment
Testa & Smith
Future of Children, 19(2), 2009
Examines the effectiveness of substance abuse services in preventing child maltreatment, and provides recommendations for improving services to support families exposed to substance abuse.
Service Engagement and Retention for Women with Substance Use Disorders (PDF - 1,055 KB)
National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center (2011)
Outlines specific engagement and retention strategies to decrease noncompliance and increase participation, to address the needs of pregnant and parenting women who use substances as well as the needs of practitioners working with these families.
Substance Abuse Prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities (PDF - 145 KB)
Whitbeck, Walls, & Welch (2012)
The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 38(5)
Reviews three categories of American Indian/Alaska Native substance abuse prevention programs: (1) published empirical trials; (2) promising programs published and unpublished that are in the process of development and that have the potential for empirical trials; and (3) examples of innovative grassroots programs that originate at the local level and may have promise for further development.
Summary of Program Outcomes Addressing Substance Use Disorders Among Families in Child Welfare Services (PDF - 414 KB)
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (2010)
Summarizes innovative models for linking child welfare and substance abuse treatment and provides information on significant outcomes of State, county, and Tribal jurisdictions that have received In-Depth Technical Assistance.
Understanding, Treating, and Preventing the Development of Substance-Use Disorders: A Psychodynamic Perspective
In Parenting and Substance Abuse: Developmental Approaches to Intervention
Discusses psychopathology, treatment, and prevention of substance use disorders (SUD) from a psychodynamic perspective and explains that defense mechanisms, object relations, and drives commingle to create SUD symptoms and each component can be worked with psychotherapeutically to help people with SUD. The ability to combine psychodynamic psychotherapy with other treatments in a therapeutic approach to SUD is also explored.
Central Shenandoah Valley Family Collaboration; Substance Abuse Prevention and, Grant Program: Grantee Abstracts
Rockingham Memorial Hospital (2012)
Describes an Administration of Children and Families grant that provides integrated activities and services designed to improve the well-being, increase the permanency, and ensure the safety of children who are in or at-risk of being placed in out-of-home care as a result of a parent's or caretaker's substance abuse.
The Financial Burden of Substance Abuse in West Virginia: The Welfare System (PDF - 942 KB)
West Virginia Partnership to Promote Community Well-Being & West Virginia Prevention Resource Center (2010)
Captures the impact of drug and alcohol abuse on West Virginia's child and family welfare sector, which includes the child and adult welfare system and those programs that provide income support and other social services programs to families. This report further highlights estimates that, in 2009, substance abuse consumed over $95 million in West Virginia.
Oklahoma Prevention Initiative
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (2010)
Provides information on the Oklahoma Partnership Initiative, a program designed to intervene effectively and early to prevent and reduce risk for children associated with parental methamphetamine use and other substance abuse. Resources include the Specialized Outpatient Service's strengthening families program.
Project Milagro: A Comprehensive Model to Serving Latino Families Affected by Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS: Replication Manual
Bienvenidos Children's Center, Inc. (2008)
Describes the federally funded program Project Milagro, which provides comprehensive services to Mexican and Mexican American mothers and their children in Los Angeles who are identified as high-risk for abandoning their infants and young children due to HIV/AIDS or chronic substance abuse.