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Project Description

California The Sacramento County Children Affected by Methamphetamine (CAM) Project (also known as Children in Focus or CIF) serves children and families participating in the Dependency Drug Court (DDC) or the Early Intervention Family Drug Court (EIFDC). The County of Sacramento Child Protective Services implements CIF to enhance services provided to children, giving them a voice in their parent’s recovery process. The Project provides the following key service elements:

  • Celebrating Families – a 16-week evidence-based interactive parenting program that helps families recover from the effects of substance abuse and child neglect; every family member from ages 4 through adulthood participates in structured educational groups and activities;
  • Birth and Beyond Family Resource Centers (BBFRC) – provide comprehensive primary prevention and early intervention programs; support services are offered to families in eight community locations;
  • Recovery Resource Specialists – link families to both community and faith-based services.

Target Population

Services are provided to children ages 0-17 years and their families participating in either the Dependency Drug Court (DDC) or the Early Intervention Family Drug Court (EIFDC). Sacramento County is located in the northern end of the California Central Valley, and is the state’s 8th most populous county with a total population of 1,418,800.

Major Project Goals

  • Provide an evidence-based, cognitive behavioral support group model specifically developed for families with substance abuse issues;
  • Help children and youth affected by substance abuse break the cycle of intergenerational addiction;
  • Effectively link families to community-based services to increase parent and children services and social supports thereby increasing child safety, permanency and well-being;
  • Improve the collaborative capacity of County systems and staff to enhance the service array, increase access to services, and retention in treatment.

Partner Agencies and Organizations

The Sacramento CAM Project includes the following partners:

Child Welfare

  • Sacramento County Child Protective Services

Substance Abuse

  • Department of Health and Human Services Behavioral Health - Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board
  • Bridges/STARS Program


  • Superior Court of California – County of Sacramento


  • Children and Family Futures

Community-Based Supports

  • Birth and Beyond Family Resource Centers

Performance Indicators

CAM grantees are measuring their performance on outcomes for children, adults and families. The Sacramento County CAM Project bi-annually provides data on the following 18 performance indicators.

Child/Youth Indicators

  • Children remain at home
  • Occurrence of child maltreatment
  • Average length of stay in foster care
  • Re-entries to foster care placement
  • Timeliness of reunification
  • Timeliness of permanency
  • Prevention of substance-exposed newborn
  • Connection to supportive services
  • Improved child well-being

Adult Indicators

  • Access to substance abuse treatment
  • Retention in treatment
  • Substance use
  • Connection to supportive services
  • Employment
  • Criminal behavior

Family/Relationship Indicators

  • Improved parenting
  • Family relationships and functioning
  • Risk and protective factors

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  • Lead Agency:
    Division of Child Protective Services of the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services
  • Geographic Area and Congressional District Served:
    Sacramento County; Congressional Districts 3,6,7,9
  • Federal Grant:
    $1.48 million/4 years
  • Evaluation Design, Comparison Group Type and Treatment Received:
    Quasi-experimental, historical comparison group
  • Proposed Number Served (4 years):
    Children: 1438, Adults: 575
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