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Collaboration

Includes collaborative practices and tools for linking substance abuse, child welfare, and family courts.

Collaborative Practice

Group of people collaborating The goal of the professionals who work with children and families affected by substance use disorders and involved in the child welfare system is to facilitate positive outcomes for these families. Ideally, the parent will receive effective treatment for the substance use disorder so that the child can remain with the parent, while the well-being of the child is fully supported throughout the parent’s recovery process. Achieving this outcome requires intensive collaboration by multiple agencies working with the family.

Collaboration among all three systems presents certain barriers that must be overcome. There is a shifting role for professionals as they develop and implement a new way of communicating with one another on policy issues. Differences in practice among stakeholders, from courtroom to courtroom, from agency to agency, and from provider to provider must be recognized and addressed.

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    • NCCAN Policy Forum Brief What Works: Collaborative Practice Between Substance Abuse, Child Welfare, and the Courts
      NCCAN Policy Forum Brief What Works:  Collaborative Practice Between Substance Abuse, Child Welfare, and the Courts(PDF 1.2MB)

      This report summarizes and expands upon key policy issues presented at a policy forum at the 2014 National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, and highlights innovative efforts between state, county, tribal, and community-based agencies.

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Contact Us

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare offers free technical assistance to a various of systems on making policy and practice changes to improve outcomes for families affected by substance use disorders and involvement with child welfare services. To learn more about technical assistance services or if you have a question please email NCSACW at ncsacw@cffutures.org or call toll-free at 1–866–493–2758.

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