Opioid overdoses and related hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise, contributing to burgeoning child welfare caseloads, removals, and foster care placements. Substance misuse limits parents’ ability to provide consistent care and exposes their children to unsafe situations and conflict.
The opioid epidemic presents significant challenges for health and human service systems that serve children, youth, and families. Research is needed to understand these challenges and identify effective primary and secondary strategies for injury prevention.
As a subcontractor to ICF, JBA helped design and implement a formative qualitative study of the impact of the opioid epidemic on children, youth, families, and service systems. Six counties with high and low opioid risk indicators were engaged in the study. Findings from staff and caregiver interviews and focus groups will help the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention understand factors that may protect communities from the effects of opioid misuse.
Erin Ingoldsby, Ph.D.
Erin Ingoldsby has nearly 30 years of experience in applied social science research, program evaluation, and evaluation technical assistance in diverse content...
Tammy Richards, M.Ed.
Senior Research Associate
Tammy Richards has more than 20 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, evaluation training, and technical assistance. Her...