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Engagement and Retention

Engagement and RetentionTimely access to treatment services is critical for engagement and retention of high-risk families who are affected by substance use disorders and are involved with child welfare services. Engagement and retention are important for the parents and children to ensure family safety, permanency, well-being, and recovery. Parents often face many obstacles during the treatment and recovery process. Consequently, child welfare professionals, treatment agencies, juvenile and family court personnel, family treatment court providers, recovery coaches or mentors, and family advocates play an integral role in removing barriers to treatment access and completion; providing active support and ensuring that needs are met as families move through the recovery process.

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    • The Use of Peers and Recovery Specialists in Child Welfare Settings
      The Use of Peers and Recovery Specialists in Child Welfare Settings(PDF 2.2 MB)

      National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, 2018

      Child welfare agencies and family court programs have integrated peers and recovery specialists into their service delivery to support families affected by substance use disorders. There are two primary models that deliver support for families: 1) peer support by persons with lived experience of substance use disorders and child welfare involvement, and 2) support by professionally trained recovery specialists. Professionals can learn how to apply the peer or recovery specialist modes described in this monograph to their own communities.

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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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