Parental substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health challenges can create unique child safety and risk concerns. Child welfare professionals are tasked with identifying parental substance use, assessing the effect of substance use on children, and incorporating protective capacities and factors in safety planning. To meet the needs of both parents and their children, a collaborative approach with substance use treatment professionals and other service providers can strengthen safety planning to enhance child and family well-being.
Join this webinar to learn more about:
- Child welfare assessment of parental substance use as a safety or risk factor through standardized screening, examination of behavioral indicators, observations of the physical environment, and contact with other service providers
- Opportunities for substance use treatment professionals to partner with child welfare on safety planning with families affected by parental SUDs
- Collaborative strategies to support families’ efforts to overcome barriers to child safety and permanency while building parental capacities
The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare will be hosting this seminar, and presenting new NCSACW resources on understanding safety and risk for parents with SUDs involved in the child welfare system.