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TrainingFamilies affected by substance use disorders and child welfare involvement often receive services from multiple agencies, including child welfare, substance use disorder treatment, courts, healthcare, and other community agencies. Professionals representing these systems may lack knowledge about each other’s services and the unique needs of the families that they collectively serve.

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) provides the following web-based training resources to help professionals increase their knowledge and skills to work with families affected by substance use disorders and help build cross-systems collaboration across the various agencies serving these families.

These resources are intended to be delivered using a variety of methods, including training by an experienced facilitator, self-paced tutorials, and videos and webinars that can be viewed alone or with a group.


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  • Child Welfare Training Toolkit

    This free training curriculum provides experienced facilitators with resources to train child welfare workers on how to support families affected by substance use disorders who are involved with the child welfare system.

    The Training Toolkit can be customized to include information on state and local policies and resources. The modules can be combined to create a comprehensive training or delivered individually as a stand-alone training. Each training module contains a PowerPoint presentation, a PDF presentation, and a facilitator’s guide. The training curriculum also includes a glossary and resource list.

    Please contact NCSACW to receive technical assistance to adapt the curriculum to the needs of your state or jurisdiction.

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  • Videos and Webinars

    NCSACW has produced a variety of videos and webinars on a wide spectrum of topics to be used for training purposes for child welfare, substance use treatment, and legal professionals.

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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 or call toll-free at 1–866–493–2758.

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