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Responding to Substance Abuse

The following is from “Investigations” in the online catalog at Child Welfare Information Gateway 

Responding to Substance Abuse

Many parents referred to child welfare agencies for concerns about child abuse and neglect are found to be struggling with substance abuse. Substance-exposed newborns must be reported to child welfare agencies to assess the need for protective services. Child welfare and substance abuse services can work together to provide coordinated interventions for families.

*       Substance-exposed newborns

*       Impact of methamphetamines on the child welfare system

*       Related resources

Selected Resources

Parental Drug Use as Child Abuse
Child Welfare Information Gateway (2006)
Summary of State child protection laws that address the issue of substance abuse by parents. (
PDF - 180 KB)

Related Information Gateway Topics

Child abuse & neglect: Substance abuse
Systemwide: Substance abuse prevention & treatment services





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