Five National Reports on the Substance Abuse-Child Welfare Linkage

Responding to Alcohol and Other Drug Problems in Child Welfare: Weaving Together Practice and Policy
Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America. 1998.

Sets forth a policy framework of innovative ways to address the overlapping problems of substance abuse and child abuse. The guidebook describes a number of effective models for linking child welfare services and alcohol and other drug treatment.

Foster Care: Agencies Face Challenges Securing Stable Homes for Children of Substance Abusers
Washington, DC: U.S. General Accounting Office. September 1998.

Discusses the extent and characteristics of parental substance abuse among foster care cases and the difficulties agencies face in making timely permanency decisions for such children. Offers model initiative to achieve timely permanency outcomes.

No Safe Haven: Children of Substance-Abusing Parents
New York: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. January 1999.

Illustrates the impact substance abuse has had on the child welfare system and its failed ability to respond. Calls for an emphasis on prevention, new training and protocols for child welfare, court and other professionals, increased funding for comprehensive treatment and greater attention to evaluation outcomes.

Healing the Whole Family: A Look at Family Care Programs
Washington, DC: Children’s Defense Fund. 1998.

Profiles 50 residential treatment programs from across the country which provide comprehensive services to mothers and children. The report focuses on the importance of family care and describes the unique characteristics that make it work for children and families in crisis. The Executive Summary is available on-line at www.childrensdefense.org. Copies may be ordered by calling CDF Publications at 202-662-3652.

Blending Perspectives and Building Common Ground: A Report to Congress on Substance Abuse and Child Protection Washington, DC: Department of Health and Human Services. 1999.
Report was developed jointly by the Administration for Children and Families, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. It provides background information on understanding addiction, substance abuse and recovery, the nature of child maltreatment, the extent and scope of the problems as well as current efforts and further directions to address the problem.


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Summary of the Five National Reports Issued on Alcohol and Other Drug Problems in Child Welfare
Lists five major reports that have been issued on substance abuse and child welfare, and presents a table summarizing the problem statements and recommendations of each report.