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May 2021Vol. 22, No. 5Webinar Provides Insights on the Opioid Crisis' Impact on the Child Welfare System

Parental drug use is one of the leading reasons children are removed from their homes and placed in foster care. A new webinar shares research on the negative impacts of the opioid epidemic on child welfare-involved families and strategies for how to address this crisis.

Panelists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, and ICF discuss practices child welfare professionals can utilize to prevent family separation and help families struggling with drug use. They also share ways to optimize the Title IV-E Prevention Services Program, as amended by the Family First Prevention Services Act.

The webinar also presents a series of findings related to prevention, trajectories of substance use and stigma, the impact on caregivers, and COVID-19-related impacts, including the following:

  • Polydrug use is common.
  • The challenges that affect systems of care also affect families.
  • Families are dealing with multiple issues and stressors.
  • It is important for families to have a safe place to turn.
  • Peer mentors can play an important role.
  • There is a need for improved communication among systems of care.

View the webinar, "Strengthening Families Struggling With the Opioid Crisis," to learn more.