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Dec/Jan 2003Vol. 3, No. 10New AIA Monograph: The Role of Partners in Women's Recovery

The Children's Bureau's Abandoned Infants Assistance (AIA) National Resource Center convened a group of technical experts to explore clinical issues associated with the role of intimate partners in a woman's recovery from alcohol and drug abuse, strategies for engaging partners in women's recovery, and programmatic considerations related to staffing, funding, and interagency collaboration.

The meeting resulted in a new publication, Partners' Influence on Women's Addiction and Recovery: The Connection between Substance Abuse, Trauma, and Intimate Relationships, funded through a grant from the Children's Bureau. Available online at, this new publication presents pertinent information for both the substance abuse and child welfare fields. The publication has a treatment focus and also includes information on model programs, several of which feature a substance abuse/child welfare collaboration. Child welfare staff will benefit from a better understanding of the needs and issues of women substance users, who constitute a large portion of their caseloads. Recognizing the critical role of partners will help agency staff develop realistic case plans that can include the mother's partner, supporting improved outcomes in strengthening families.

A hard copy of the publication is available for $15 and can be ordered online at (Editor's note: this link is no longer available), or by mail at:

University of California, Berkeley
AIA Resource Center
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Family Welfare Research Group
1950 Addison Street, Suite 104, No. 7402
Berkeley, CA 94720-7402

For further information about this product, contact the AIA Resource Center at:

Phone: (510) 643-8390