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

  • Erin Ingoldsby, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

    Erin Ingoldsby has more than 23 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 18 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, evaluation training, and technical assistance. Her expertise...

  • Erin Morehouse, M.A. Research Associate

    ​Erin Morehouse has more than 9 years of experience in program evaluation, data reporting and dashboard development, technical assistance and training, data...

  • Pirkko Ahonen, Ph.D., M.S. Senior Research Associate

    Pirkko Ahonen has 18 years of experience in evaluation studies, technical assistance, and applied research. She currently serves as the project director for the Tribal...

  • James P. DeSantis, Ph.D. Vice President

Partner

ICF

about the project

Topics

Status

Client

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