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June 2005Vol. 6, No. 5The Impact of Methamphetamine on Child Welfare Practice

The use, sale, and manufacture of methamphetamine (meth) is a growing problem across the United States. Children whose parents are meth users are at an increased risk of being abused or neglected. In addition, children who are present in home labs where meth is commonly manufactured are at risk of exposure to toxic chemicals and other hazards.

The April 2005 issue of Children's Services Practice Notes, a quarterly newsletter published by the North Carolina Division of Social Services, is devoted entirely to helping child welfare workers respond to the impact of meth on families and children. This issue, "Meth and Family-Centered Child Welfare Practice," offers practical information on what meth is, how to recognize signs of meth use, how to recognize a meth lab, and how to respond to clients without sacrificing the safety of the client, child, or worker. Changes to law and policy also are discussed.

The issue can be downloaded at (PDF 286 KB).