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October 2002Vol. 3, No. 8Child Welfare-Substance Abuse Training Curricula and Resources Soon Available

A new compendium of curricula and resources on the child welfare-substance abuse connection will be available this fall. The compendium stems from the recognition that after the Adoption and Safe Families Act was enacted, little was known about available training resources addressing the linkages between child welfare and substance abuse. Produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Administration for Children and Families--both within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services--the compendium attempts to help fill that knowledge gap and disseminate information about currently available training curricula focusing on these linkages.

Training curricula are categorized according to their primary focus and content. Topics include:

  • Overview of substance abuse and addiction
  • Overview of child welfare
  • Collaboration and service integration
  • Assessment
  • Service provision
  • Working with children and adolescents
  • Treatment and recovery
  • Foster care/adoption and substance abuse
  • The courts and legal representation
  • Forthcoming resources (in final stages of development or revision process and will be released by the end of 2002)

The compendium will be accessible this fall via the Internet at Additional free copies will also be available this fall from the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (800-729-6686) or the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information (800-394-3366).