Supporting Families Affected by Opioids

Supporting Families Affected by Opioids

The national opioid crisis affects every aspect of service providers including child welfare, courts, treatment providers, public health, and medical providers. In response, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is focusing its efforts on treatment, spreading awareness of the epidemic, providing support through research, and advancing better practices for pain management. The opioid crisis has facilitated collaborative responsiveness by diverse sectors that is yielding promising results in communities across the country.

The following resources provide information on opioid use and how children and families are affected and offer policy practice examples intended to support child welfare, substance use treatment, and the courts to strengthen their response.