Project

Prenatal Alcohol and Other Drug Exposures in Child Welfare

about the project

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Client

Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Prenatal exposure to substances, particularly alcohol, can cause damage that persists for a lifetime.

The potential effects include physical, developmental, behavioral, and cognitive issues. About two-thirds of families involved in the child welfare system struggle with substance use, but little is known about the extent of prenatal exposure in those families or how it is addressed. This project is examining methods for identifying and serving children in the child welfare system who are affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol and other substances, including opioids.

JBA’s work includes—

  • A comprehensive literature review to understand current and promising policies and practices among child welfare agencies and service providers related to prenatal exposure
  • Design and implementation of a study of current practices, including data collection and analysis
  • Development of guidance on best practices for services and workforce training

The results will lay the groundwork for improved care and outcomes for children, reliable prevalence data, and appropriate allocation of resources.

Staff

Partner

ICF

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about the project

Topics

Status

Client

Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention