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Early Childhood Materials

Part II: Topic Specific Resources: Children of Substance-Abusing Parents

  • Baby Steps: Caring for Babies with Prenatal Substance Exposure (September 2011)
    (http://www.aidp.bc.ca/babysteps.pdf [PDF format]) Exit Disclaimer
    Ministry of Children and Family Development, Vancouver Costal Region
    The information in this guide focuses on the daily care of babies birth to 6 months of age who have been exposed to substances in the womb. This caregiver guide is intended to be a hands-on resource for parents and caregivers of babies who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol and other drugs.
  • Child Abuse and Substance Abuse: Parent Informational Brochure in English
    (http://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/files/ASFA_Brochure.pdf [PDF format]) and in Spanish (http://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/files/ASFA_BrochureS.PDF)
    New York State, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
    This brochure is for parents in the child welfare system who have substance abuse problems. It explains what parents need to do to meet the requirements of their case plans as they work toward reunification with their children.
  • Children of Substance Abusers Resource List
    (http://womenandchildren.treatment.org/documents/cosa-resource-508v.pdf [PDF format]) Exit Disclaimer
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    This resource list is designed for children of substance abusers but is applicable to a range of mental health challenges for young children.
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Excellence
    (http://fascenter.samhsa.gov/publications/publications.cfm)
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    This Web site has a wealth of resources for persons interested in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, including a fetal alcohol spectrum disorders resource database with over 5,000 entries.
  • Helping Child Welfare Workers Support Families with Substance Use, Mental, and Co-Occurring Disorders
    (http://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/training/toolkit/)
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    This Training Package was developed to educate child welfare professionals about substance abuse and mental health disorders among families involved in the child welfare system. It is intended to provide learning opportunities and baseline knowledge on substance abuse and mental health problems and interventions, motivate and facilitate cross-systems work, and incorporate cultural awareness and facilitate cultural competency in child welfare practice.
  • Improving Treatment for Drug Exposed Infants
    (http://ncadi.samhsa.gov/govpubs/bkd110/)
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    This publication examines guidelines and standards of care in monitoring and evaluating programs that treat drug-exposed infants.
  • National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare Resources
    (http://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/resources/default.aspx)
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    These resources address children and family services, family treatment drug courts, infants and children, Tribal community resources, system reform, methamphetamine use, screening, assessment, engagement, and retention.
  • National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    (http://www.nofas.org/) Exit Disclaimer
    National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Practice Guide for Chemical Dependency Services Professionals
    (http://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/files/NY-Practice-Guidance-Laminate-for-AOD.pdf [PDF format])
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Practice Guide for Child Welfare
    (http://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/files/NY-Practice-Guidance-Laminate-for-CWS.pdf [PDF format])
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Practice Guide for Family Courts
    (http://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/files/NY-Practice-Guidance-Laminate-for-Courts.pdf [PDF format])
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Responding to Children Under Stress (http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/custom/portlets/recordDetails/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=ED399008&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=no&accno=ED399008) Exit Disclaimer
    Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families
    This skill-based staff development program was developed to help classroom teams address the needs of children and families from multi-stressed environments. The program has two purposes: (1) to suggest practical strategies for working with children who live in multi-stressed environments; and (2) to provide ongoing support for classroom teams.
  • Screening and Assessment for Family Engagement, Retention, and Recovery (SAFERR)
    (http://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/files/SAFERR.pdf [PDF format])
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    This guidebook presents the SAFERR model for helping staff of public and private agencies respond to families affected by substance use disorders.

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs to talk, please call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

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