This article, published by the Journal of Public Child Welfare in October 2020, describes a search and review of studies and policy/practice papers addressing the child welfare system’s response to children with prenatal substance exposures.
Papers were found to address exposures to both alcohol and other drugs. Study findings indicated that these children may be more likely to enter the child welfare system, and once involved, may experience a greater number of temporary placements. Children in studies were most commonly identified by medical providers during the newborn period. This may lead to under-identification of children exposed to alcohol, which may not be detected at birth. This review indicates a need for more studies investigating child welfare practices in identifying and caring for children with prenatal exposures.
Read the full article online.