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September 2003Vol. 4, No. 7Resources for Children Affected by Substance Abuse

An estimated 6 million children were living with at least one substance-abusing parent in 2001, according to a recent analysis by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Many of these families eventually come to the attention of the child welfare system. SAMHSA's Children's Program Kit offers professionals assistance in designing programs to meet these children's unique needs.

The Children's Program Kit was developed by childhood mental health professionals to help teach skills such as problem-solving, coping, social competence, autonomy, and a sense of purpose and future. Its contents include:

  • Activities, stories, and videos for children of all ages.
  • Tools to help parents better understand their children's needs.
  • Training materials for substance abuse professionals or others who plan to offer support groups for children.

Free copies of the Children's Program Kit (#CPKIT) can be ordered by contacting SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) at (800) 729-6686. For more information or related materials, visit the NCADI website at