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Project Description

California The Santa Cruz County Children Affected by Methamphetamine (CAM) Project serves children and families participating in the Family Preservation Court (FPC). Also known as Leaps and Bounds, the CAM Project focuses on the developmental and socio-emotional needs of children and employs two full-time Children’s Services Coordinators (CSC) to deliver or coordinate the following key service elements:

  • Promoting First Relationships (PFR) – a 10-week training curriculum used during home visits for families with children ages 0-3, it is a prevention program dedicated to promoting attachment, and positive and responsive parent-child relationships;
  • Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) – assess developmental areas of communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem-solving, personal-social, and social and emotional behavior; the Project also offers ASQ learning activities to help the child progress in areas of identified delays;
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) – an evidence-based parent-child treatment program aimed at promoting positive parent-child relationships and interactions while teaching parents effective child management skills for children ages 2-7;
  • Home Visits – CSCs provide home visits with all CAM children, and conducts assessments, including the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), and ASQs. They work with parents using ASQ Learning Activities and PFR curriculum;
  • Dominican Child Developmental Clinic – offers comprehensive neuro-developmental and psycho-social assessments conducted by a multi-disciplinary team.

Target Population

Services are provided to children ages birth to 8 and their families participating in the FPC. Santa Cruz County is located on the California coast south of San Francisco and is semi-rural marked by beaches, redwood forests and farmland. The total population is 262,380.

Major Project Goals

  • Provide age-appropriate screening and assessment to FPC children ages birth-8 whose parents are recovering from methamphetamine use;
  • Provide evidence-based therapy to children and their parents to promote positive child and parent interaction;
  • Deliver services to meet service and treatment plan recommendations
  • Improve parents' ability to safely care for their children;
  • Improve child well-being and healthy development;
  • Program evaluation and project improvement.

Partner Agencies and Organizations

The Santa Cruz County CAM Project includes the following partners:

Child Welfare

  • Santa Cruz County Human Services Department’s Family and Children's Services Division

Behavioral Health

  • Parents Center
  • Santa Cruz County Children’s Mental Health Division
  • Santa Cruz County Alcohol and Drug Programs


  • Dominican Interdisciplinary Child Development Program

Other Evaluation and Training

  • UC Davis’ Child and Adolescent Abuse, Resource, Evaluation, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy program
  • Applied Survey Research
  • Children's Research Center

Performance Indicators

CAM grantees are measuring their performance on outcomes for children and adults. The Santa Cruz 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:
    Santa Cruz County Human Services Department’s Family and Children’s Services Division
  • Geographic Area and Congressional District Served:
    Santa Cruz County; Congressional District 17
  • Federal Grant:
    $1.48 million/4 years
  • Evaluation Design, Comparison Group Type and Treatment Received:
    Pre-post design, treatment group only
  • Proposed Number Served (4 years):
    Children: 176
    Adults: 132
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