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Dec/Jan 2009Vol. 9, No. 10The Source Focuses on the Impact of HIV and Substance Abuse

The fall 2008 issue of the National Abandoned Infants Assistance (AIA) Resource Center's The Source looks at children's well-being in families affected by HIV and/or substance abuse. The journal covers such topics as the mental health treatment of infants and toddlers, interventions for children affected by alcohol and drug exposure, a relational approach to foster attachment, and ways to improve children's well-being in Latino families living with HIV/AIDS. For instance:

  • "Mental Health Treatment of Infants and Toddlers: Creating an Integrated System of Care for Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System" explores infant mental health concepts and spotlights the value of a multidisciplinary team approach in responding to the health needs of infants, toddlers, and their families (Kathryn Orfirer and Jill C. Rian).
  • "Interventions That Help Children Affected by Alcohol and Drug Exposure" highlights the importance of early identification of prenatally exposed children to maximize the chances of an effective intervention (Claire D. Coles, Mary Ellen Lynch, and Viorica Pencea).
  • "Keeping Kids at Home: Family-Centered Treatment at SHIELDS for Families" describes the services of a family treatment program that seeks to enhance the parenting and child developmental skills of substance abusing mothers while meeting the needs of their children at home (Kathryn Icenhower).
  • "Improving Child Well-Being in Latina-Headed Families Faced With Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS: Moving Theory into Practice With Outcomes" examines Project Milagro's family-centered humanistic and culturally sensitive approach to serving Latino families affected by HIV and substance abuse (Lourdes Carranza, Martha Cristo, and Eva Estrada).

The complete issue is available for free download on the AIA website: (4.1 - MB)