(PDF Download) Protecting Children in Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders


Th is manual, Protecting Children in Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders, provides a basis for understanding parental substance use disorder and its relationship to child maltreatment. The manual is intended to help child protective services (CPS) caseworkers identify when drug and alcohol use by a parent or other caregiver is a factor in child welfare cases and work more effectively to meet the needs of all family members involved. The manual encourages enhanced collaboration between CPS and alcohol and drug abuse treatment agencies. While CPS caseworkers are the primary audience, alcohol and drug abuse treatment providers may find the manual helpful in building their understanding of child protection issues among the families with whom they work. It also may be useful to other professionals, such as those working in health care, mental health, child care, law enforcement, and child advocacy.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect

Published: 2009 (114 pages)

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