• June/July 2003
  • Vol. 4, No. 5

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Child Welfare-Substance Abuse Curricula and Resources

In order to address the frequent overlap between child welfare and substance abuse issues, child welfare workers need to understand the nature of substance abuse and addiction, how to identify these problems, and how best to intervene. A new publication from the Administration for Children and Families and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, The Child Welfare-Substance Abuse Connection: A Compendium of Training Curricula and Resources, can help caseworkers develop the knowledge and skills they need.

The publication provides information about training curricula and materials, most of which specifically target child welfare workers. The resources address nine subject areas:

  • Overview of substance abuse and addiction
  • Overview of child welfare
  • Collaboration and service integration
  • Assessment
  • Service provision
  • Working with children and adolescents
  • Treatment and recovery
  • Foster care/adoption and substance abuse
  • The courts and legal representation

Along with a description of each resource, the compendium provides contact information and notes the availability of training and technical assistance. Most curricula have a fee associated with their use, and some are copyrighted.

Free print copies of the compendium can be ordered by contacting the following organizations. (It also will soon be available on the websites listed below.)

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
Phone: (800) 394-3366
Email: nccanch@caliber.com
Website: http://nccanch.acf.hhs.gov

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
Phone: (800) 729-6686
Website: www.health.org

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